The NHL's Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell. Check out today's trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat, including Martin Brodeur's apparent willingness to leave New Jersey.
'Open' for Business?
The long-time face of the New Jersey Devils franchise has stated that he might be okay with finishing his career as a temporary face for another franchise.
Martin Brodeur told New Jersey's The Record that he'd be 'open' to a move that would see him leave New Jersey in favour of more playing time.
“I'm open to anything,” Brodeur told The Record's Tom Gulitti. “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.”
That said, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie believes that the best fit for Brodeur might well be in East Rutherford for the duration of this season, especially since creasemate Cory Schneider has already opened the door for Brodeur once this season.
On Wednesday night's edition of The Quiz, McKenzie said: “If I'm Lou Lamoriello, I'm not trading Marty Brodeur for a third-round pick. If he wants to walk in the summer, he can go then.”
Wait Until Summer?
The Dallas Stars find themselves in an interesting position, trade-wise. With Stephane Robidas, Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer, they may have pieces to move should they decide they are out of the Western Conference playoff race.
But Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News sees more benefit in waiting for the summer to try to land another impact piece like the team did this past off-season with Tyler Seguin. With the possibility that Robidas may not be healthy enough to deal by the deadline and with Jim Nill reportedly only willing to move prospects of picks in "the right deal," Heika believes the Stars would be best served keeping it simple and keep the focus on stockpiling picks and prospects.
The Stars enter Thursday night's games seven points back of eighth-place Vancouver with two games in hand.
Youth in Revolt
The Detroit Red Wings' salary cap obligations may make pre-deadline deals a difficulty in Motown.
While Michigan Live speculates that the likes of Steve Ott, Ales Hemsky and Mike Cammalleri could be enticing to the Wings, Ken Holland has stated that he's less willing to part with some of the Wings' young talent to get deals for those types of players done.
“We like our kids,” Holland told the site. “I don't know that there [are] players available on the market that are better than the kids we got.”
The Wings have gotten good contributions this season from young forwards like Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco.