Tuesday morning, more than 24 hours before the NHL trade deadline, a rumor hit Twitter that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who never has worn another NHL jersey in his career, had been traded to the Minnesota Wild. According to the rumor, Brodeur would get one last game in net before his trade, Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings.
If it were his last game Tuesday, it wouldn't be a terrible one: He turned aside 20 of 23 shots in New Jersey's 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
The rumor turned out to be a false one, and as of Wednesday morning, he's still on the Devils roster. There are still a few hours left in the day, though, and Brodeur has an uncertain future.
At 41, the netminder can still keep the puck out of the net. But a future with New Jersey is highly unlikely, as Brodeur's taken a back seat to Cory Schneider, whom the team has designated its No. 1.
If Brodeur isn't traded by 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, there's no guarantee that he'll be a Devil for much longer. He's on the last year of his contract, and as the Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere points out, Brodeur wants to keep playing — even if that means it won't be in New Jersey.