Several media outlets have reported that the Minnesota Wild have acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth round draft pick. This news would seem to indicate that the Wild would be off the table as far as a deal with the New Jersey Devils for Martin Brodeur because Minnesota has other goaltenders on their roster including their starter, Josh Harding who is currently on injured reserve.
This news is huge for Devils fans because it takes the most rumored destination for Brodeur off the board at this point. This afternoon Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello vocally denied any of the trade rumors involving Martin Brodeur to the media; I am paraphrasing by stating that he felt it was incredible how rumors get started.
Breaking News: Fansided.com has just reported that Roberto Luongo has been traded to the Florida Panthers.
This news takes another potential destination, though an unlikely one, for Brodeur to land. Florida desperately needed to do something to address their goaltending situation, and it is well known that Luongo has wanted out of Vancouver for a long time now. He returns to his former team having played in Florida before being sent to Vancouver in a massive trade back in the summer of 2006.
The other news to watch is the status of Jaroslav Halak in Buffalo. The Buffalo Sabres obtained Halak in the Ryan Miller trade apparently with the intent of not playing Halak but trading him to another team in need of a goaltender. This is actually a good strategy, in theory, for the Sabres, who are in full “fire sale” mode and are looking to obtain draft picks or younger players to rebuild their roster.
The reports now are that the Washington Capitals are trying to swing a trade for Halak. If the deal cannot get done before the deadline, then the Sabres could have a big problem with keeping Halak on their roster for the rest of the season when everyone knows they were trying to deal him instead of playing him.
On the other hand, if Halak gets traded to the Capitals that will certainly have an effect on the Devils within the Metropolitan Division because that would strengthen the Capitals goaltending situation in a tight playoff race.
So, is Brodeur staying with the Devils? Was all the hype around the game tonight being his last one with the team all for no reason?
The wild card in this situation, as reported by CBS Sports, are the Montreal Canadiens, who have placed their goaltender, Carey Price, on injured reserve. Brodeur is a native of Montreal and his father was the photographer for the Canadiens for many years. However, Price is expected back on the ice next week, so it is unknown whether Brodeur would go into that situation or if the “Habs” would part with a player or draft pick to obtain Brodeur at this point.
It should be an interesting 24 hours, in my heart I hope that Marty Brodeur stays in a Devils uniform and retires as a New Jersey Devil.
Enjoy the game tonight, and please stay with Pucks & Pitchforks and Fansided.com as we continue to provide continuing coverage of the trade deadline in the NHL.
(background information courtesy of NHL.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com, Washington Post, and NJ.com)