New York Post columnist Larry Brooks offered up a radical suggestion to address the New Jersey Devils’ problems: trade goaltending legend Martin Brodeur.
Brooks believes shopping Brodeur as a playoff rental could land a healthy return upon which to rebuild, similar to when the Philadelphia Flyers dealt Peter Forsberg to the Nashville Predators in 2007 for what ended up becoming Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and Scottie Upshall.
Brodeur would have to tell GM Lou Lamoriello he’d be fine with a move to a Stanley Cup contender lacking a blue-chip goaltender. Brooks suggested the Washington Capitals as a potential destination.
It’s an interesting theory, but would depend on Brodeur seeking a trade, which would be a shocking – and unlikely – move.
GETTING GIGGY WITH A TRADE?
Recent speculation suggesting Toronto Maple Leafs veteran goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere could be shopped at the Feb. 28 NHL trade deadline left Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun puzzled.
Simmons noted few teams have the salary cap flexibility to add the $1.5 million that will still be remaining on Giguere’s contract at the deadline.
He also suggested Stanley Cup contenders with goaltending issues would be the only teams interested in Giguere and there aren’t many that fall into that category – plus, he would be too expensive for teams to acquire as a backup.
It’s also worth mentioning Giguere has a no-trade clause that he might not be willing to waive.
CENTER OF THE HOCKEY UNIVERSE™ SEEKING A CENTER
Leafs GM Brian Burke is in the market for a top center in hopes of keeping his team in the playoff chase as the Dec. 19 trade freeze approaches, the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reported.
However, Burke sets his own holiday trade freeze about a week earlier than the league’s, which doesn’t give him much time to find a deal.
Garrioch also claimed Burke could be talking with Anaheim GM Bob Murray, who “wouldn’t mind shaking up the Ducks” and would want a defenseman in any deal.
Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu are the Ducks’ top centers, but they’re not going anywhere.
BRAD RICHARDS BUZZ CONTINUES
The Ottawa Sun’s Chris Stevenson says the Los Angeles Kings should be added to the list of teams that could have interest in Dallas Stars center Brad Richards if he’s available by the Feb. 28 trade deadline.
Stevenson believes the Kings need someone to play left wing with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown and feels Richards would be a good fit.
Richards played some wing during his Tampa Bay Lightning days, but his strong numbers with Dallas suggest he’s better suited at center. The Kings would have to move another player to the wing to make room at center for Richards.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi recently said the performance of his current roster would determine any potential moves on his part.
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk would surely like to open contract talks with Richards, but cannot do so until the team has a new owner.
SENATORS STILL SEARCHING FOR STABILITY
Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen recently noted the limited options Senators GM Bryan Murray has to improve his club.
Scanlan said firing coach Cory Clouston wouldn’t make sense, as the Sens are already paying Craig Hartsburg to coach in the Western League – and that Murray has no interest in a return to the bench. Scanlan claimed most of the highest-paid Senators are past their prime, while most of the younger players haven’t made enough contributions.
Scanlan said Murray is still trying to find a deal, but believes the Senators are beyond the point where adding expensive veteran talent will help.
COLUMBUS WANTS CAMPOLI?
The Ottawa Sun reported the Columbus Blue Jackets might be in the market for a puck-moving defenseman, suggesting GM Scott Howson “could have an interest in the Senators’ Chris Campoli.”
If that move were on the table, however, one would have to believe Murray would’ve jumped on it by now. Campoli has cracked the 30-point mark twice in five full NHL seasons, but he’s also susceptible to injury and only has five points in 24 games this year.
Rumor Roundup appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Foxsports.com and Eishockey Magazine.