Apr 13, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) is honored by fans after his 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks interest in Martin Brodeur is still lingering after the NHL draft even with the announcement of Antti Raanta signing a 2-year deal to return to the Blackhawks. The rumor was floated out there on Friday but it seemed like it was just a “Blackhawks looked into it rumor” like any team doing due diligence, but after Raanta signed and signed for so cheap $750,000 per year you thought that the name Brodeur would fade away.
Then this morning less than 24 hours away from NHL free agency the Blackhawks and Brodeur are to be back in rumorville again with of course extra note, if the Hawks make enough salary cap space.
First of all I don’t see the Hawks clearing space for an over the hill goalie (yes future Hall of Famer) after last seasons debacle with Nikolai Khabibulin. Secondly, Stan did his job by getting Raanta to sign on the cheap.
The hindsight would be getting Raanta more playing time in Rockford then backing up Corey Crawford in Chicago which I’m not sure is possible without waivers since Cap Geek has Raanta on a one-way contract. Secondly, even if Crawford has a Stanley Cup this would give him a mentor for a season which it seems like he missed last year after losing his goalie coach after 2013 and Quenneville firing Steve Weeks this past weekend.
It seems like a stretch to get Brodeur to Chicago but it seems strange that the talk hasn’t left the building either!
What Do you think will Stan find room for Brodeur?
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