As improbable as it sounds, Martin Brodeur could be entering the final two weeks of his Devils career. The 41-year-old goalie is facing the possibility that he will sit on the bench while Cory Schneider plays most of the team’s final 23 games. If so, the NHL trade deadline, just two weeks away on March 5, could be very different this year for Brodeur. He could be asked to waive his no-trade clause, or even request a trade. “It won’t be (different) if I don’t say so. That’s the bottom line,” Brodeur said Wednesday as the Devils’ non-Olympians practiced at AmeriHealth Pavilion. “If I don’t say so, it’s going to be the same as the last 20 years.” Back from a week of sunshine and golf, Brodeur said he hasn’t spoken to general manager Lou Lamoriello about his situation and hasn’t decided if he will waive his no-trade clause if asked. “I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it until I talk to people, and there is nothing planned yet. I’m probably going to wait,” Brodeur said. “I have no indication one way or the other that anything is going to happen. I haven’t discussed it with anybody really about what my plans are going to be for the next 23 games. I haven’t talked to the coach about playing time, either. I’m just going to get back into playing shape for the next seven days and we’ll see if I’m able to get the net.” Schneider has started the last six games. The Devils do not play their first game after the Olympic break until next Feb. Feb. 27 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Prudential Center. If Schneider starts that gamed, it would mean Brodeur will go at least 41 days with just one appearance (Jan. 26 against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium). “I was on a good run there before the break and I felt pretty good about myself,” Schneider said. “I’m hoping that I can carry it on coming out of the break and maintain that momentum. You never know what is going to happen.
Brodeur could be facing the final two weeks of his Devils career
Newark Star-Ledger | Feb 20