Mar 2, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) skates off the ice after the game against the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. The Sharks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
With the trade deadline approaching on Wednesday, there were reports that some of the Blackhawks executives were in New Jersey scouting, wait for it…. Martin Brodeur.
Everyone’s gut reaction on that statement should be WHY?? Everyone knows Martin Brodeur is one of the all time greats. If he would have retired several years ago, the argument would have been who is the best modern era goalie Patrick Roy or Martin Brodeur? Now Brodeur ‘s skills are declining. Martin Brodeur is no longer MARTIN BRODEUR, now he is more like martin broduer.
Despite the reports of Blackhawks executives being in New Jersey; The Blackhawks are not interested in Brodeur for the following reasons:
- Brodeur is having the worst season of his career. Aside from the cup of coffee he had in 1991-92, this is the lowest his save percentage as ever been. For his career Broduer has a save percentage of a 91.2%. This season he has a save percentage of 90.0%. His goals against average this season is the highest it has ever been. For his career Brodeur’s goals against average is 2.24. This season Brodeur’s goals against average are 2.47. These are not good signs!
- Corey Crawford is CURRENTLY a better goalie: No one is going to argue who is the better goalie for their careers; Brodeur is clearly better than Crawford. However this season Crawford is the better goalie. Crawford is 23-10-10 with a 91.8 save percentage and 2.31 goals against average. Broduer is 14-11-4 with a 90.0 save percentage and 2.47 goals against average. The numbers do not lie, Crawford is better.
- The Blackhawks already have a backup: Crawford is the starter in Chicago and Antti Raanta has shown that he is a capable backup. There is no room for Brodeur. Raanta filled in nicely for Crawford while he recovered from a lower body injury. In 19 games, Raanta amassed a record of 12-2-3 with 2.40 goals against average and a 90.4 save percentage. Raanta’s numbers are ASLO better than Brodeur’s this season.
The Blackhawks were in New Jersey scouting the Devils but not for Martin Brodeur. Blackhawks fans still might get to see more of Brodeur. Brodeur could end up in the Central Division with the Minnesota Wild. The Wild have been in the market for a goalie since Josh Harding went down this season. The Wild are rumored to be interested in Brodeur and Jaroslav Halak. Halak was just traded from the Blues to the Sabres as part of the Ryan Miller deal.
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