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The Hotstove last night talked about the Kovalchuk circumvention, taking back money in trades, the Vancouver Caucks and Wild GM Cliff Fletcher getting a contract extension.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
From the outside, it might be hard to understand. Why does Martin Brodeur keep talking about playing elsewhere? He has spent his entire career with the New Jersey Devils. He has made millions of dollars. He has won 684 games – more than any other goaltender in NHL history – and three Stanley Cups. Why not go out with grace? What more does he need?
But Brodeur isn’t afraid of hanging on too long. He’s afraid of not hanging on long enough. He isn’t worried he will regret leaving the Devils. He’s worried he will regret leaving the game. In the end, he said, he doesn’t want to sit there and say to himself, “I should have done something.”
“That’s what I’m scared of the most – not living to the fullest in the NHL,” Brodeur said. “If they let you play, you might as well play.”
Brodeur is 41 and at the end of his contract. He is unhappy backing up Cory Schneider, a 27-year-old the Devils acquired from the Vancouver Canucks last year for the ninth overall pick in the draft. All season, he has talked about being open to a trade if he could play more, if he had a chance to win the Cup and if it helped the Devils.
NEW YORK (March 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has decided to modify the disciplinary sanctions originally imposed on the New Jersey Devils’ franchise for its conduct in connection with the signing of former NHL Player Ilya Kovalchuk in July 2010, which conduct was determined by an Impartial Arbitrator to have constituted a circumvention of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (the “CBA”) then in effect.
via Darren Dreger tweets,
Hearing the NHL has reversed part of its penalty against the Devils for cap circumvention (Kovalchuk contract)....
NHL will award Devils with the 30th pick in the Draft instead of the 1st round pick as usually determined. Also forgiving $1.5 mil of fine.
Needless to say, NHL teams are not happy with the leagues decision to let the Devils off the hook.
added 12:31pm, Again via Dreger tweet,
Devils were orginally fined $3 mil, had to forfeit a 3rd round pick in 2011 as well as a 1st in one of next 4 drafts.
from Andy Clayton of the New York Daily News,
When Martin Brodeur starts in goal for the Devils Tuesday night at the Prudential Center, it will be the 1,250th time he’s stood between the pipes for New Jersey in the regular season. Sources say, it’s likely it will also be the last time.
With Wednesday’s NHL trading deadline looming, a source told the Daily News the Devils and Minnesota have agreed upon a deal that would send the lifelong Devil and future Hall of Famer to the Wild. The deal is pending the approval of Brodeur, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, and, according to the source, wanted one last home game with Devils.
Jagr joins Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito and Mke Gartner in the 700 goal club.
added 2:52pm, Below, watch the Devils's broadcast of the goal...
Just a hunch, but can’t help but think the New Jersey Devils will make a surprisingly big purchase before the deadline. Wouldn’t it be wild if he re-acquired winger David Clarkson from the Leafs? Devils GM Lou Lamoriello’s style goes beyond just trading away goalie Martin Brodeur, if that happens.
-Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun where you can read more hockey talk...
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
At the stroke of midnight Sunday night, the NHL will lift its Olympic break roster freeze, opening a 10-day window that lasts until the March 5 trade deadline.
For the Devils, it will provide a strong indication about where the franchise is heading. Will goalie Martin Brodeur ask for a trade, or be asked to waive his no-trade clause? Will general manager Lou Lamoriello be willing to deal captain Bryce Salvador? Will the Devils be buyers or sellers?
“I’ve been traded before. Once you’ve been traded, it takes a lot of that uncertainty off the way you look at it. You know the world doesn’t end when you get traded,” Salvador told The Star-Ledger.
“But it may be a unique situation with Marty. We’ll see what happens there. For myself, at this point Lou hasn’t talked to me about anything.”
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It is becoming increasingly clear Martin Brodeur will finish his NHL career someplace other than New Jersey if he wishes to play next season, but not so clear at all where the all-time goaltender will finish this season.
Brodeur is expected to ponder his options during the winter recess, to consider whether requesting a trade would be mutually beneficial for him and the Devils, who have their noses pressed against the outside of the playoff window and are in severe danger of missing the tournament for the third time in the past four seasons.
After 20 seasons, the Devils’ net belongs to someone else. No one ever had a longer run as a club’s No. 1 than Brodeur — not Frank Brimsek, not Turk Broda, not Jacques Plante, not Glenn Hall, not Tony Esposito, not Dominik Hasek, not Patrick Roy, and not even close.
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