Would the Devils dare trade Martin Brodeur over the next few weeks and hand the goaltending duties completely to Cory Schneider?

With Schneider clearly emerging as the club’s No. 1, Brodeur does not think a call from general manager Lou Lamoriello asking him to waive his no-trade clause would be inconceivable.

“No, not at all,” Brodeur told The Star-Ledger on Tuesday. “It’s within the team’s rights to try and make themselves better. The fact is, I have the luxury to decide what I want to do. I hope if he (Lamoriello) is able to help the team, he’ll ask, regardless of what it is. It’s definitely something that is possible.”

Brodeur said he would not be insulted if he is asked to accept a trade. In fact, it might be attractive if he gets a chance to play more often. Schneider’s start against the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at Scottrade Center will be his seventh in 10 games.

“I don’t know how I’d feel. I don’t know where I’m at with that,” Brodeur said with honesty. “I don’t know what I’d think if it were to happen. I definitely would like to play more, so if there is a chance somewhere…

“But I’m not looking for that. I want to make sure this team gets on a playoff run. We’ll see what happens, but stranger things have happened.”

One issue would be whether the Devils would want to risk giving up their current goaltending tandem. If something happened to Schneider, a backup with 682 career wins is not too shabby.

“If you’re serious about getting into the playoffs and making a deep run, sometimes you need both guys in case something happens to one or the other,” Schneider said. “I saw it in Vancouver. They were real reluctant to deal either one of us (Schneider or Roberto Luongo), especially when you want to try and make a deep run in the playoffs. Injuries happen and a bad stretch here or there can happen. It’s always nice to be able to turn to another guy who can get the job done.”

Brodeur had his own view.

“It could be another backup goalie that has experience coming in, too,” Brodeur pointed out. “Who knows? There are deals to be made. Who knows what is available?”

While it appears Schneider will be the Devils’ No. 1 goalie down the stretch, coach Pete DeBoer wasn’t ready to say so.

“We’re going to go game to game, day to day. I’m not planning anything other than the game we’re playing that day,” DeBoer said. “I don’t think there is any doubt we’re in the home stretch here and the final sprint, so my lineup decisions are going to be based solely on who gives us the best chance to win a game that night.”

Has Brodeur pondered what the rotation might be?

“No, not really. I try to practice hard and hopefully I’ll get a start soon so I won’t have to dwell on that game (in Yankee Stadium against the Rangers) too long,” Brodeur said. “They’re making the decision. I can’t force them to do anything. I wouldn’t do that anyway.”

He said he is finding it difficult to sit for long stretches between starts, something he’s never had to do.