NHL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Martin Brodeur and Other Free Agents

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 6, 2014

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur talks to the media as the NHL hockey team clean out their lockers Monday, April 14, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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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.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported that Brodeur's camp has actually spoken to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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

Apr 11, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; St. Louis Blues center Steve Ott (29) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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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. 

The Wild were ranked just 27th in the NHL in penalty-killing.

 

Derek Roy is a Hot Name

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 17:  Derek Roy #12 of the St. Louis Blues skates against Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri
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Per Josh Rimer of Sportsnet, center Roy is apparently the apple of at least two teams' eye:

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.