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Devils better off trading Brodeur?

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09:59 AM ET 11.28 | The front office can dream that when healthy, the Devils will fulfill the manifest destiny projected by a nitwit on this paper, but that would be shortsighted indeed, because there is no indication the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk have figured out how to maximize his effectiveness on a team that seems chemistry-free whenever the soloist is on the ice. What Lou Lamoriello has on his team are nine players with no-trade clauses who would have to be massaged in order to be moved -- impending free agents Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott are worthy -- and what he has is Martin Brodeur. Understand, the only way a Brodeur trade becomes a part of the conversation is if the all-time goaltender himself initiates the conversation with Lamoriello.

New York Post

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November 28, 2010  10:15 AM ET

Lulu may as well bundle Brodeur with Parise and John MacLean cause all three will probably be collateral damage from the Kovalchuk signing.

November 28, 2010  10:35 AM ET

To who?!

Who seriously wants Brodeur?

I'll start the bidding at Nobody...

November 28, 2010  10:46 AM ET

Broduer has a 2.74 GAA with a .901 SP with about a $5 million a year contract that runs to 2012. He is the least of New Jersey's problems. Look on the bright side Lou, at least you have Kovy! LOL

November 28, 2010  11:11 AM ET

Kovy= the end of the Devils as a playoff team.

They didn't draw when they were a Cup Champion.

They can't draw in a new Arena.

Will they turn into The Islanders?

November 28, 2010  11:55 AM ET

The Devils have won 3 out of 4 and have 9 players injured. This team is finding it's stride and Kovy while his stats didn't show it had his best game yesterday. Trading Brodeur is stupid, they brought in Hedberg to do just what he is doing (after a shaky start). And to whoever says who would want Brodeur, there are plenty of teams who would still want him.

November 28, 2010  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Devils have won 3 out of 4 and have 9 players injured. This team is finding it's stride and Kovy while his stats didn't show it had his best game yesterday. Trading Brodeur is stupid, they brought in Hedberg to do just what he is doing (after a shaky start). And to whoever says who would want Brodeur, there are plenty of teams who would still want him.

At least you're a true fan! A bit delusional, but at least the Devils will have you through this dreadful 15-yr Kovy virus.

November 28, 2010  01:37 PM ET

"...there is no indication the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk have figured out how to maximize his effectiveness on a team that seems chemistry-free whenever the soloist is on the ice."

Haha...."the soloist" Great quote. I'm gonna use that one.

November 28, 2010  04:24 PM ET

Brodeur is NEVER going anywhere else. Forget that he is an old man with dimished skills, forget that his contract is way higher than anyone is willing to pay, at some point you have to consider that is entire legacy is with the Devils....to go somewhere else now is just stupid. Better to retire, he has won everything he can possibly win.

November 28, 2010  05:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

To who?!Who seriously wants Brodeur?I'll start the bidding at Nobody...

You must be joking! Put him on any team, that has some D, and you are golden!

This guy has proven ALL people wrong that have been saying since 2006-2007 that he should hang em up!

He's still an elite net minder, and if anyone thinks that there is a goalie in this league that could back up what used to be the Devils right now, and win, I'd love to hear your thoughts on who, and how!

I love players that stay the course through their entire careers with one team, but in this case , that one team has chosen to be a one man LOSING team, as Kovie has been not just the worst signing, but also one of the worst players on the ice this year!

THERE WAS A REASON ATLANTA DIDN'T DO WELL, AND IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ATTENDANCE! FACT!!!!

The only thing that would stop a team from taking him, is his cap hit, and that's all. He is the best goalie the league has seen in a long time, and consistency is what has made him so great!

Nobody would want Brodeur??? I think differently. If his team was playing , as a team in front of him, and Kovie would play like he's not trying to be the only guy on the ice to score goals, Brodeur would look like a steal, just like last year. Everyone said he was done last year after 2 losses, and then he finishes the year with 45 wins! TOPS IN THE LEAGUE!

He won't get that high this year(for the 1st time in forever), and yet you label him a nobody???? What's it take to play goal on your team? Maybe a board covering the net?

November 28, 2010  05:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Brodeur is NEVER going anywhere else. Forget that he is an old man with dimished skills, forget that his contract is way higher than anyone is willing to pay, at some point you have to consider that is entire legacy is with the Devils....to go somewhere else now is just stupid. Better to retire, he has won everything he can possibly win.

Nice. He should retire, because the GM screwed the team over by signing that **** bag?

This guy can still play at a high level, but if the team in front of you isn't playing (ask King Henrik), then you start to get irratated, as everything you've done for a team over 16+ seasons gets washed away, and for what? A youth movement? We all know that isn't happening in NJ.

NJ made the mess, and players like Elias, and Brodeur, and even Parise get to suffer because of it. They never had the issues that hey have now, other than at the start of the franchise, and now the face of that franchise, is getting retirement suggestions? Thomas wasn't told to retire last season, and what a show he has put on.

Brodeur retiring isn't the answer to NJ problems.

November 28, 2010  06:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Lulu may as well bundle Brodeur with Parise and John MacLean cause all three will probably be collateral damage from the Kovalchuk signing.

Yes sir, and it's very, very sad! This was a team, that with the "right" acquisition, would've been a contender for a playoff spot at least. Now........well I just don't know!

November 28, 2010  07:12 PM ET

Brodeur needs to swallow a little pride and not try to play every game. He is worn out and starting to break down after the heavy work load the last few years. Moose is starting to play well and he can win some games. I think this team is starting to turn the corner, it will be interesting to see if they can make a run and get back into this thing.

November 28, 2010  07:52 PM ET

Yes just think of Joisey as this years last years Philly ( not saying a SCF but playoffs maybe )

November 28, 2010  08:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Brodeur needs to swallow a little pride and not try to play every game. He is worn out and starting to break down after the heavy work load the last few years. Moose is starting to play well and he can win some games. I think this team is starting to turn the corner, it will be interesting to see if they can make a run and get back into this thing.

I don't think he needs to swallow pride, if the coach's are asking him to start. He's not the kind of guy that wants to lose, so I figure him for a team man. He can, and will be taking more breaks, and Moose in net is a + for the Devils , as when he is on, he is on!

I watch Kovie, and really do wonder if he's doing it on purpose. That might sound wrong, but I do. When I guy like that misses the puck, and chances like he has been doing, he is not worth 3.5 mil a season. It has looked a tad suspect, but maybe it's the pressure.....maybe.

I just don't like seeing a goalie get put into the position of winning 45 games one season, and the next his team can't hold it together for 60min on most nights.

I do agree that he needs to slow down, but I don't like hearing trade talks and such from an organization that has relied HEAVILY on him playing a huge workload, as he has been very, very up to the task. Imagine if Hasek hadn't played in the NHL? #30 for NJ would have at least 2 more Vezina Trophies in his case!

He will slow down, and when in net(once NJ gets some bearings back) will be stellar. IMO.

November 28, 2010  08:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#24):

Yes just think of Joisey as this years last years Philly ( not saying a SCF but playoffs maybe )

I don't know. Parise will have to be back, and playing like crazy, and Kovie has to start potting em! The D is dreadful(IMO), so they will need to up their game, or make a move or 2 and get some help on the back-end.

I will say this, as many of you guys know, I am a goalie fan big time. I love the position, and think goalies get a lot more blame, and less credit these days more than ever, unless they are carrying the team on their back. That being said, I don't pretend to know all that is wrong with every NHL team, or their line-ups, but I do know goalies, and Brodeur has been amazing for sooo many years, that I have a hard time hearing him being knocked for anything he's done on the ice. He has records that no one will touch(at least for awhile), and is a 1st ballot guy for the HHOF. They changed a rule, so that guys like Brodeur, and Turco couldn't maximize their skill set, by introducing the trapezoid.

Have I mentioned that I also dislike Roy? Just don't like the man, and yes he could play.

I don't know if I see the Devils being last years Flyers, but I'd love it if they were, but did what the Flyers didn't! No offense Flyers fans, and none should be taken as you've got a great chance of doing it again, if your net "problems" don't get in the way! ;)

November 28, 2010  09:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#25):

I watch Kovie, and really do wonder if he's doing it on purpose. That might sound wrong, but I do. When I guy like that misses the puck, and chances like he has been doing, he is not worth 3.5 mil a season. It has looked a tad suspect, but maybe it's the pressure.....maybe.

He doesn't really move off the puck very well at all he kind of just glides around or expects a pass to give him a breakaway. But yeah this is not like a Ray Bourque situation where you are trading him off so he can finally win a Cup, I highly doubt that Marty will play for another team, the only possibility I see is Montreal, and even then I don't really see that happening, as it doesn't make much sense for either side besides a feel good story.

November 28, 2010  09:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#25):

.I just don't like seeing a goalie get put into the position of winning 45 games one season, and the next his team can't hold it together for 60min on most nights.I do agree that he needs to slow down, but I don't like hearing trade talks and such from an organization that has relied HEAVILY on him playing a huge workload, as he has been very, very up to the task. Imagine if Hasek hadn't played in the NHL? #30 for NJ would have at least 2 more Vezina Trophies in his case! He will slow down, and when in net(once NJ gets some bearings back) will be stellar. IMO.

this has more to do with injuries and losing a couple key D-men to FA than the signing of Kovie. Was it a bad move ? Yes. Will it be catastrophic not for 3-4 years. Remember this Huet is playing in Switzerland well Kovie could be sent to the 'K' the same way and the 'K' team would probably pick up more of the contract than the Swiss team did for the Hawks

November 28, 2010  09:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#37):

He doesn't really move off the puck very well at all he kind of just glides around or expects a pass to give him a breakaway. But yeah this is not like a Ray Bourque situation where you are trading him off so he can finally win a Cup, I highly doubt that Marty will play for another team, the only possibility I see is Montreal, and even then I don't really see that happening, as it doesn't make much sense for either side besides a feel good story.

There is no way that Brodeur leaves the Devils from the fact that he has a no movement clause to the fact that I would bet he would like to pull a Stevie Y and play his whole career for one team

November 28, 2010  10:19 PM ET

Has anyone noticed the number of injuries this team has suffered? My goodness half the team is the farm club? When they get healthy, watch out.....

 
November 28, 2010  10:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#39):

There is no way that Brodeur leaves the Devils from the fact that he has a no movement clause to the fact that I would bet he would like to pull a Stevie Y and play his whole career for one team

I agree, and hope he does, but I hope the team, that's on the ice this year doesn't ruin the year for him, like so many teams did to Cujo. Marty has had a great career, and I'd like to see him pass 700 wins, and add a few more to his playoff total, but I do agree that the injuries are hampering them, and I agree more that the loss of some of the D men has been a big mistake, but Kovie is terrible as of late, and hope he either ships up, or the team does what you suggest, and Huet his arse!

My name is Kovie, and I like ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME, and U.S money, as they pay their athletes the full contract without court, even I no longer play......see Alexei Yashin. Perfect.

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