Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has watched Cory Schneider emerge as New Jersey’s No. 1 option. Brodeur is working on an expiring contract.
He doesn’t want to retire from the NHL as a bench warmer. So if another team shows interest, Brodeur would give some thought to waiving his no-trade protection and moving on.
“It’s within the team’s rights to try and make themselves better,” Brodeur told the Newark Star Ledger. “The fact is, I have the luxury to decide what I want to do. I hope if he (Devils GM Lou Lamoriello) is able to help the team, he’ll ask, regardless of what it is. It’s definitely something that is possible.”
Trouble is, not a lot of teams are looking for a defenseman. Brodeur might not fetch more than a second- or third-round pick in a trade deadline move.
He is a franchise icon. Does Lamoriello really want to trade a franchise icon for a middling pick? Stay tuned for more developments on that front.
Here are some other players to watch:
Patrick Wiercioch, D, Ottawa Senators: He has been in and out of the lineup all season due to his team’s glut of puck-rushing defensemen. He possesses a big shot and the skills to man the point on a power play. He has plenty of room to grow, too, so perhaps Ottawa could move him for a scoring winger capable of playing with Jason Spezza.
P.A. Parenteau, W, Colorado Avalanche: The Montreal Canadiens kicked the tires on possible trade for him, but that deal did not happen. Parenteau is scheduled to sit out a second straight game, so trade rumors are still percolating. He still coming back from a knee injury, so potential trade partners may be a bit skittish.
Ray Whitney, W, Dallas Stars: He is headed toward unrestricted free agency, along with center Vernon Fiddler and defenseman Stephane Robidas. Stars GM Jim Nill don’t want to bail on the playoff race, but he also won't mortgage the future by dealing draft picks and prospects for short-term help. The Los Angeles Kings are just one team that could use the ageless Whitney to bolster their power play and secondary scoring.
Brad Boyes, W, Florida Panthers: The well-traveled shooter could still help a power-play unit. He is working on an expiring contract. His team is unlikely to make the playoffs. If somebody wants to spend a draft pick on Boyes, they should give Panthers GM Dale Tallon a call.
Tim Thomas, D, Panthers: He is in the twilight of his career. He has impeccable big-game credentials. So, sure, Thomas seems like a good bet to move -- although the potential trade return may not be great.
Ryan Callahan, W, New York Rangers: This franchise can’t pay everybody. Callahan could become a restricted free agent after the season, so TSN suggests the Rangers will either extend his contract or move him by the trade deadline. He is a heart-and-soul player who can also step into a scoring line and produce. But his reported asking price (seven years, $42 million) is steep.
Dan Girardi, D, Rangers: He faces the same scenario as Callahan. The Rangers value him, but they can’t pay everybody. Word is Girardi wants Jay Bouwmeester money. But he is not Jay Bouwmeester. TSN suggests one of these veterans must go, given the team’s salary cap issues moving forward.
Ryan Miller, GT, Buffalo Sabres: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has played well lately, so their interest in Miller seems tepid at the moment. The Minnesota Wild may have a more glaring need, but so far that team hasn’t made a play on him. Josh Harding starred earlier this for the Wild before his ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis sidelined him.
Justin Peters, GT, Carolina Hurricanes: Injured veteran Cam Ward is back on the ice, scraping off his rust on a rehabilitation assignment. Anton Khudobin has been especially good filling in. Somebody has to go – and that won’t likely be Ward, given his contract – who has two years and $13.5 million left after this season.