Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 2, 2014
Get a good look at Jaroslav Halak in Buffalo Sabres gear because it might not last for long.
Halak was traded to the Sabres in the massive deal that sent Ryan Miller to the Blues but Buffalo remains in full sell mode and in getting Halak, GM Tim Murray took back another asset that he can trade for more prospects/picks.
There already appears to be interest from the Minnesota Wild. They have been relying on rookie Darcy Kuemper with Niklas Backstrom hurt and Josh Harding still out indefinitely. It makes sense they would like some help so they have been looking around according to Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune.
Murray is now trying to trade Halak to the Wild. He's 28, in the last year of his contract and was 24-9-4 with the Blues with a 2.23 goals-against average. But some inside the Wild worry he was a product of the Blues' stingy system and there's a reason St. Louis felt Miller, not Halak, was the final piece of a Stanley Cup puzzle.
But if the price is right, Fletcher could pull the trigger.
That's not the only iron the Wild have in the goalie fire, though according to Russo. They've also kicked the tired on Martin Brodeur. Yes, Martin Brodeur. There really was something to the idea of him being traded, as strange as it seems.
In fact Brodeur reiterated this weekend that he would consider accepting a trade in the right circumstance, though he's still not there yet. But he wants to play more than he has been.
Of waiving his no trade, Martin Brodeur said this afternoon. "“It definitely depends on where it would be" and "I'm not there yet."— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) March 2, 2014
Maybe Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is kicking the tires on a couple of other guys who might be available too but it seems like he has a clear deadline target.