Who wants a 42-year-old future Hall of Fame goalie?
It appears there's a growing line of suitors for Martin Brodeur. Per Louis Jean of TVA Sports, the former New Jersey Devils legend has drawn interest from four teams.
Among the interested teams in Brodeur: Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh & Toronto. Brodeur wants to go to a contender.— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) June 28, 2014
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported that Brodeur's camp has actually spoken to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Brodeur camp did talk to likes of TB and Pitt but obviously no deals there... Will be very patient... even if it takes all summer....— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 2, 2014
Of all the mentioned teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs would seemingly need Brodeur the most. Even if he was added simply to supply depth, the Leafs are the best fit.
James Reimer is a restricted free agent, and starter Jonathan Bernier was less than spectacular last season. If Brodeur is looking for a spot where he can contribute the most, it's Toronto.
Here's a look at the latest on two other well-known free agents.
Steve Ott on the Wild's Radar
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune is also quoting LeBrun. Per Russo, the Wild are in the hunt for an enforcer. Russo writes:
"ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun -- the great Pierre LeBrun, I may add -- reports the Wild has shown interest in Steve Ott, the former Dallas Stars agitator/smack talker and Sabres captain who was dealt with Ryan Miller to St. Louis last season."
Ott is the type of player who opposing teams hate but can be an asset to a team, especially on a penalty-killing line. It makes sense that the Wild would be interested.
Derek Roy is a Hot Name
Per Josh Rimer of Sportsnet, center Roy is apparently the apple of at least two teams' eye:
UFA Derek Roy is close to signing. It's down to two teams. One in the east and one in west.— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) July 4, 2014
Roy is an excellent distributor who had 28 assists for the St. Louis Blues last season. There's quite a few teams who could stand to gain from adding Roy.
According to Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, the Nashville Predators could be the best team for Roy. Cooper thinks Roy's passing is just what new Pred James Neal needs.
We'll see how this situation shakes out.