The franchise goalkeeper, the franchise icon, has been ousted. Everyone could see that. The trade date was approaching and for the first time there was serious talk about waiving the non-trade clause.
"I would have waived if asked," Martin Brodeur told The Post on Monday morning, revealing for the first time his thoughts that led to this 2014 deadline. "But Lou [Lamoriello] never asked me
“For the first time, I wasn't able to play much. I was struggling to get time. If there was a team that wanted me that I thought I could help win, I would have gone.
“If something had come up, sure. But I have to say that too. It's easy for me now, because I never actually had to make this decision. "
Let's say that Brodeur, who has won three Stanley Cups at the time, is not a Henrik Lundqvist. They are different individuals with different thought processes, different worldviews and maybe different priorities.
But if there is anyone in the world, or at least in the ice hockey industry, who can identify with Lundqvists current plight when he is released from the No. 1 goalie slot on Broadway that he has occupied since his 2005/06 rookie season, then is it that's brodeur.
If there is anyone who can understand the decision that Lundqvist may have to make if asked to waive his ban clause before the February 24 deadline, this is the most successful goalkeeper in NHL history.
"I know what he's going through," said Brodeur, before Lundqvist went online for the second time in a row in the Garden against Dallas on Monday. "If, after a career in which you have played almost every game, you are an older goalkeeper and suddenly are not that far, your rhythm will be broken and you can play tricks with confidence."
“Your overall approach and mentality is different. After a career in which you were never questioned as number 1, you are suddenly asked. They just want to play to have a chance [reassert] Your worth. I think, if [Lundqvist] He has played 10 of the next 13 games and has returned to the level he has achieved throughout his career.
"But it is difficult to do this at an older age if you have to prove yourself once in a while."
Lundqvist, who turns 38 a week after the deadline, recorded his first regular season end since Saturday, November 19, 2017, with a 1-0 win in Detroit with 33 wins. It has earned him his first set of consecutive starts since going three times in a row from December 22nd to 27th. The start in Detroit was his first since January 11th and the second since January 2nd and 24th of the year.
"In my last year in Jersey, I had two starts in 31 days," said Brodeur, Devils Executive Vice President Business Development, who has served as Ray Ice Hockey Advisor for Ray Shero since January 12th. "Then I had a couple of starts in a row before the deadline and I know there was a lot of talk about me, but it didn't come up. I don't know if someone called and Lou said no. "
At this point, no team has informed General Manager Jeff Gorton of the acquisition of Lundqvist. Among the legitimate competitors, the Avalanche and Hurricanes could use network help. It is not known if the king would give up his $ 8.5 million cap hit after another year without his no move and go to either Denver or Raleigh on demand.
Brodeur was never invited to the 2014 deadline, but said he first considered playing for a different team when he became a free agent at the age of 40 after leading New Jersey to the 2012 cup final. That was, of course, the year he and the devils angered the Rangers and Lundqvist in the conference finale.
"I spoke to a few teams and got some offers that were the same or better than those I got from the Devils," said # 30, who signed a $ 4.5 million two-year contract per person , "But I couldn't move to it."
Brodeur did it two years later. He retired in New Jersey and signed for a short run in 2014-15 with the blues, playing seven games, starting five and recording the last three of his 691 wins and the last of his 124 shutouts.
"It changed my whole life," said Brodeur, who became assistant general manager to Doug Armstrong in St. Louis, where he and his family still live. “It opened many doors for me. It was right for me.
"I can't say what's best for Henrik. I only know that you want options. I didn't want others to choose me. I'm sure he is the same."