If goaltender Martin Brodeur explores free agency for real, all heck will break loose in the NHL Sunday.
General managers have been aware that Brodeur could end his career-long affiliation with the New Jersey Devils. Still, many expected the team’s hockey czar Lou Lamoriello to prevent the unthinkable from occurring.
But that franchise remains in serious financial trouble. Many free agents remain unsigned, including pending UFA Zach Parise. The clock is ticking.
Brodeur has hired agent Pat Brisson, who notified reporters that Brodeur will shop around Sunday if he doesn’t have a New Jersey deal in place.
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke find that interesting. So does Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers, since he has explored Roberto Luongo trade talks.
The Chicago Blackhawks watched Corey Crawford and Ray Emery fail this season, so GM Stan Bowman would have to be interested.
Although Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman earlier landed Anders Lindback from Nashville, a short-term signing of Brodeur could vault that team into Stanley Cup contention.
This could get fun!