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.
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.
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.