Brodeur shoots down trade rumours

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The only other uniform New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur plans on wearing this season will have the Team Canada insignia on the front.

Wanting to squash recent rumours that he might be moved to a stronger team by the struggling Devils in the next couple of months, Brodeur said yesterday that he is going no where.

A recent report out of nearby New York suggested the Detroit Red Wings might be willing to ship flashy forward Henrik Zetterberg and goalie Manny Legace to Jersey in exchange for Brodeur, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner who has backstopped the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships.

The story is said to have made certain NHL general managers wonder if, in fact, the veteran goalie might be available. It is no secret that a number of teams are thirsting for help between the pipes, including the Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers.

"The people who start these things should take the time to be informed that I have a no trade clause and that I have no intentions of leaving," Brodeur said. "Why would I? My kids go to school here, I have roots here, I have family here, I have a home here and I like it here.

"After the success I've had here, I gained the right (for a no trade clause). The Devils have treated me great. The team might not want to be where we'd like it to be right now but we'll get it turned around.

"In the past we were accustomed to battling for first or second. Now we're battling to be sixth, seventh or eighth. It makes it weird for us. That's why every game is so important to us."


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