Trade rumors: Changes looming for Martin Brodeur, Ryan Callahan?

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Tri-state Trade Buzz

Since giving up six goals to the New York Rangers on Sunday, Martin Brodeur is realizing that after 20 years as the New Jersey Devils netminder, things are actually about to change.

In their two contests since the disappointing loss in the Bronx, it’s been Cory Schneider suiting up for the Devils and it’s left their Hall of Fame backup a tad disgruntled.

Brodeur has a no-trade clause in his contract with the Devils, but this week told reporters he didn’t think it was out of the question to be asked to waive it. He also didn’t write off the idea that he would possibly accept a trade.

“I’m open to anything,” Brodeur told The Record’s Tom Gulitti on Wednesday. “I just want to play. So, like I said in Toronto, if there’s a better situation for me, I’ll take it. If it’s here or somewhere else, it doesn’t matter.”

The latter part of that statement is interesting, coming from a goaltender that won three Cups with the Devils and two other appearances in the Finals that didn’t result in championships.

For years the Devils have bowed down to Brodeur, and for good reason.

But at 41-years-old, Brodeur needs to realize there is a younger, fresher option on the bench and if the Devils plan on retaining Schneider beyond his current deal they are going to have to start pleasing him instead.

Devils general manager has until the March 5 trade deadline to offer his long-time goalie a chance to move on. But at this point, Brodeur might be the one to force him to do so. Yes, the Martin Brodeur trade rumors are legitimate.

Martin Brodeur isn’t the only surprise to be mentioned in a possible trade in the Metropolitan division. Maybe even more shocking is hearing that the New York Rangers could deal their captain, Ryan Callahan before the season ends.

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Callahan, 28, is set to become a free agent when his current three-year-deal with the Blueshirts expires this summer and reports say the gritty forward would be seeking upwards of $6-million a season on a lengthy contract.

While Callahan can be relied on heavily to do just about anything, and is always willing to go into the dirty spots on the ice to fight for the puck, it’s his unafraid nature that will make most GM’s hesitant to give him a long term deal.

The Rangers and Callahan’s agent are expected to discuss and negotiate during next month’s Olympic break while Callahan plays for Team USA in Sochi, but there’s no guarantee either way on where the talk will land him.

Final Take:

The Rangers are currently second in their division and will likely score a spot in the postseason and would benefit from Callahan being on their roster. Unless Glen Sather can get something back that would be an immediate fit for his team down the stretch and into the playoffs, the Rangers might be better off keeping Callahan and working out a deal from there.

Losing Callahan no matter what the circumstance would be a blow for their team.  Especially heading into the postseason.

As for Martin Brodeur– he too is a rental that hasn’t played consistent enough for someone to take a gamble on.

Washington needs an upgrade in net, but it’s doubtful they would be willing to give up picks or prospects this late in the game for an older goalie with a few months left on his contract. Especially with their 24-22-8 record that doesn’t look promising for a spot in the playoffs.

I don’t think any offer that Lamoriello presents will provide him the starting position he will demand. Brodeur will have to learn to love his view from the bench.


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