Brodeur trade looks dead; report says Wild 'expected' to get Halak


The New York Daily News is reporting the Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils have agreed to terms of a trade that would send future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur to Minnesota.

But wait a second. Wild beat writer Michael Russo and Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti are refuting the report.

On top of that, the New York Post is firing back with a report that the Wild expects to get Jaroslav Halak in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

Halak, like Brodeur, would be a rental player for the Wild as he will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. But he would provide depth at a position where Minnesota has relied on 23-year-old Darcy Kuemper and injured or ill backups Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding.

Here's some more info on our original post about the Brodeur report.

ESPN hockey expert Pierre LeBrun wrote on Monday that Brodeur, who has two children playing hockey at Shattuck St. Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota, would "no doubt" welcome a trade to Minnesota. Such a move would put him back on the same roster as former longtime Devils teammate Zach Parise.

In 21 illustrious years with the Devils, Brodeur has racked up a bevy of NHL records, including 683 wins and 124 shutouts. He's also won four Vezina Trophys (top goalie) and helped the Devils win Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

Brodeur isn't even the No. 1 goalie in New Jersey. That role belongs to Corey Schneider. Darcy Kuemper is the No. 1 goalie in Minnesota, and he would likely maintain his position even the trade for Brodeur goes down.

Brodeur spoke with reporters on Monday about the possibility of Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello trading him.

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