The 2014 NHL trade deadline is March 5, and the excitement surrounding the rumored deals has fans across the league anticipating the possible moves.
With rumors surrounding New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen and Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler all picking up steam, the anticipation concerning a potential blockbuster trade has the league buzzing.
Here are the latest rumors about potential deadline deals.
Martin Brodeur’s Last Chance with the New Jersey Devils?
Veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur has been the face of the New Jersey Devils franchise for a long time, but his time as the unquestioned starter is over, and there is a chance he will be traded before the deadline.
According to Andy Clayton of the New York Daily News, via Kukla's Korner, a potential deal with the Minnesota Wild is in place:
When Martin Brodeur starts in goal for the Devils Tuesday night at the Prudential Center, it will be the 1,250th time he’s stood between the pipes for New Jersey in the regular season. Sources say, it likely will also be the last time.
With Wednesday’s NHL trading deadline looming, a source told the Daily News the Devils and Minnesota have agreed upon a deal that would send the lifelong Devil and future Hall of Famer to the Wild. The deal is pending the approval of Brodeur, who has a no-trade clause in his contract. The source said Brodeur wanted to play one more home game.
While skeptics will look to the fact that most teams would never allow a player they’re targeting to start again before a deal, Brodeur is not a normal player. He is one of the greatest goalies in NHL history, and he has the clout to start once more for the Devils.
Brodeur is the perfect fit for a Minnesota franchise dealing with major issues in net—former starting goalie Niklas Backstrom has had issues with injuries and consistency all season, and emerging star Josh Harding is dealing with complications from multiple sclerosis—and a deal for New Jersey’s backup shouldn’t have an unrealistic price tag.
This is an uncommon situation, but when a future Hall of Fame netminder is reportedly on the move, all bets are off.
Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen Drawing Interest?
After dominating with Team Finland during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has returned to the NHL in elite shape and has helped secure the back end for the franchise.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, though, Timonen is drawing serious interest as the trade deadline approaches:
The Flyers are in the midst of fighting for a berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and trading Timonen now wouldn’t make much sense. While the team would get a hefty return in a deal, the veteran defender is the backbone of Philadelphia’s defense.
Timonen is one of the few players on the roster who can add to the even strength assault, the power play and the penalty kill, and the Flyers must pass on rumored deals to keep the team’s Stanley Cup hopes alive.
Philadelphia Flyers Interested in Ryan Kesler?
While the Philadelphia Flyers shouldn’t deal Kimmo Timonen, there is a chance the franchise is still looking to make a blockbuster deal before the 3 p.m. ET deadline.
Philadelphia is reportedly interested in Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler.
According to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Flyers have offered the Canucks a favorable deal:
Two league sources told the Daily News that the Flyers have tabled a "substantial offer” to try and pry Kesler from the Canucks. They have also asked about acquiring Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler, who is reportedly on the market, as part of a larger trade - though that combined price is steep.
Philadelphia’s management team has made some poor decisions over the years, but, to their credit, the team is always in the mix for the biggest stars on the market. At the very least, the Flyers always ensure that other teams overpay for talent.
As far as whether this rumored deal will actually come to fruition, the likelihood is small. With only a few hours remaining before the deadline, the odds of the two teams hammering out the details on a bona fide blockbuster are slim to none.
Kesler will stay in Vancouver.