Jan 30, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Devils defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils Trade Rumors: Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur Speak

With the NHL Trade Deadline approaching one week from today at 3 PM EST, there are plenty of big trades that can still happen in the NHL. Guys like Ryan Miller and Martin St. Louis have had their names thrown into the trade rumors around the league.

For the New Jersey Devils trade rumors, two (maybe 3) names stand out as definite trade possibilities. Jaromir Jagr, Martin Brodeur, and even Bryce Salvador have had some sort of rumors attached to them.

Jan 26, 2014; New York City, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) makes a save against the New York Rangers during the second period of the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

For Brodeur, he has had quite a bit of rumors surround him ever since Cory Schneider became the clear #1 goaltender on the team.

Brodeur’s name has been attached to rumors with the Chicago Blackhawks and other possible scenarios (mainly among fans) could be to the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, and even the Montreal Canadiens. The only rumor to really carry any weight has been with the Chicago Blackhawks but those rumors died fairly quickly.

Brodeur’s wish to go to a contending team that would increase his playing time sounds a tad contradictory considering most contending teams have their starting goalie cinched up. Still, it is hard to imagine that, if the trade was right, Brodeur would turn down being a backup in Montreal.

Brodeur on trade rumors:

“There’s nothing that’s planned, so I’m just kind of sitting and waiting it out and we’ll see,” Brodeur said. “I’m sure I’ll be talking somewhat to (Lamoriello) regardless of what happens in the next four games. But there’s no plan on doing anything.”

Jaromir Jagr hasn’t really had one specific team targeting him but after his 49 point showing to this point, it is safe to say at least a few teams would be interested in the 42-year-old. His contract expires this season and wouldn’t pose as a problem for a potential suitor.

The Devils have a lot of leverage if a team really wants Jagr as they can make their asking price fairly high considering his value to the team.

Jagr on trade rumors:

“If something were to happen, I think the other team would call first (to talk to him), like they did before,” Jagr said. “If they give up something, they have to make sure I want to go there. I don’t have a contract. I have one month left, so if I decide I’m not going (a team wouldn’t trade for him).”

I don’t think Jagr or Brodeur will be dealt before the deadline.

Jan 30, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador (24) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Devils defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Another name that has been thrown around in trade rumors is Bryce Salvador. The captain has had some very questionable defensive play and it would be interesting to see what teams would be interested in acquiring him.

A draft pick or two, possibly even a prospect thrown somewhere in the mix, would be more than enough to deal Salvador as the man just has not shown any promise this season. There are better players that should be NHL-ready relatively soon and deserve the spot on the roster over Bryce.

Sometimes I wonder if they are hamstrung by the fact that he is the Captain of the team.

Who would you like to see dealt?

Quotes courtesy of Tom Gulitti.


Tags: Bryce Salvador Jaromir Jagr Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils

  • MedicSBK

    Sorry I fail to understand how you put so much value in Salvador. Just look at his age.. Two draft picks and a prospect? The guy’s not Scott Stevens.. He’s barely Craig Wolanin.

    As for Jagr, move him.. Get anything you can for him. He’s 42 years old, and having a great season. Find a home for him at any price. The Devils owe him NOTHING.

    Finally, Brodeur wearing any uniform other than a Devils jersey would be a CRIME. He started his career as a Devil and he should retire a Devil, and Lou should do anything he has to do to make that happen.

    • Thomas Formoso

      My wording with Salvador is a tad off. I meant a draft pick or a prospect. I agree 100% that he will be hard to move and doesn’t have much value which is why it’s unlikely he is moved.

      As for Jagr, if the Devils are going to push for the playoffs, I would say to keep him as he is most of their offense. To each his own though and I see your side of the argument as well.

      As for Brodeur, I would NEVER want to see him in anything other than black and red. I hope he retires a Devil as well.

      Hope I cleared a few things up

      • MedicSBK

        Forgive ME.. I didnt feel that you really needed to clear anything up. The Salvador issue makes more sense now though.

        I wonder how realistic the playoffs are this year.. I guess time will tell.

        As for Brodeur: I know I will catch A LOT of flack from A LOT of people for saying this, but I have NEVER had much faith in Lamoriello.. he consistently shows a lack of respect towards long time and franchise players (see: MacLean, and to some extent Daneyko for starters) and he has a track record of undervaluing some as he trades them away and keeping lesser value players (Terreri vs. Billington) and don’t even get me started on Mike Dunham.. i don’t know what happened there..

        That said, I would not put it past him to move Brodeur whether he wants to be or not. Time will tell I guess!

        • Thomas Formoso

          Do you feel the Devils should be buyers or sellers going into the deadline? I’m seeing a mix around Twitter and other outlets.

          Personally, I don’t think they should throw the season away. Maybe it’ll come back to bite them in the long run, who knows?