Rumors swirl about the Wild and goalies Martin Brodeur, Jaroslav Halak
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UPDATE (11:40 A.M.): The curious part of the New York Daily News is that Brodeur will be in net Tuesday, which presents and injury risk.
Lou Lamoriello doesn't respond to rumors, but did say he'd "never" have a player play in a game if a deal to trade him was already agreed on— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) March 4, 2014
UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): Larry Brooks of the New York Post tweeted that Jaroslav Halak is the Wild's target.
Just told by informed source that Wild has targeted Halak and are expected to get him from Buffalo...so that would be a NO re Brodeur....— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) March 4, 2014
The Wild have made no secret they're in the market for some goaltending insurance.
Rookie Darcy's Kuemper's recent run of five consecutive wins is impressive, but after that the Wild have only question marks. Niklas Backstrom hasn't started in more than a month and Josh Harding still is sidelined dealing with multiple sclerosis.
So a trade for a starter or backup goalie makes sense for the Wild, who likely are bound for the playoffs.
How about future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur?
That's the latest report from the New York Daily News, which cites a source saying that Brodeur will start one more game for the New Jersey Devils before being traded to Minnesota. The Daily News says a deal already has been agreed upon. It's pending approval of Brodeur, according to the report, because the goalie has a no-trade clause in his contract.
The Wild don't play until Saturday, so they've played their last game before Wednesday's trade deadline.
New Jersey plays one more game (Tuesday night) and Brodeur reportedly wants a send-off from his employer of 21 seasons.
Brodeur, 41, has two sons who attend hockey hotbed Shattuck-St. Mary's, according to the Daily News.
It's unclear if he would start or back up Kuemper, but the Wild rookie has given reason to believe he deserves a starter's load.
A bit of caution, at a time of year when reports and rumors fly around nearly constantly:
The silly season is upon us. A caution to everyone; beware of unconfirmed reports by unknown reporters claiming deals are done. (1)— Allan Walsh (@walsha) March 4, 2014
When deals get done, they get announced. Teams don't wait on deals, allow players to get injured before trade completed. (2)— Allan Walsh (@walsha) March 4, 2014
Talk that Devils have agreed to trade Brodeur to Minny. Wild deny it.— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) March 4, 2014
Idea that Devils would trade Brodeur and allow him to play a "home farewell" is ridiculous.— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) March 4, 2014
If there is a team or GM that would do that, it isn't Devils or Lou Lamoriello.— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) March 4, 2014
We don't have confirmation from the Wild, so this is based entirely on a report from the Daily News, which also didn't lay out the price in assets for Minnesota.
Wild fans, would you be on board with a trade that landed Brodeur?