There will be no sad songs sung for Martin Brodeur if ownership's perilous state makes it necessary for the franchise goaltender to leave his franchise behind. He will make millions elsewhere, everyone understands that.

Still, if the 40-year-old career Devil does leave New Jersey, then Jeff Vanderbeek and his obviously underfinanced ownership will have perpetrated a betrayal of the fan base well beyond the scope of which the Wilpons have ever been accused.

The story is yet to be written in finality. Perhaps there is less to Brodeur hiring agent Pat Brisson on Friday than meets the eye. Perhaps this is Brodeur — coming off one of the great romanticized runs in Stanley Cup history, during which he twisted Battle of the Hudson history New Jersey's way 18 years later — reminding ownership he is not to be taken for granted.