- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Martin Brodeur is staying with the New Jersey Devils.

Despite speculation that the Devils were considering dealing the NHL’s winningest goaltender, the 41-year-old will finish his 20th consecutive season in New Jersey after Wednesday’s trade deadline expired.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello refused to say whether any teams either inquired about Brodeur’s availability or they offered him to anyone. He also refused to say whether Brodeur had waived his no-trade clause or given him a list of teams to which he would agree to be traded.

Lamoriello blamed the recent trade speculation about Brodeur on the media.

“It’s just a shame that without no substance at different times and no facts that people say things,” Lamoriello said.

The longtime Devils executive, however, refused to say whether Brodeur was a topic in his trade discussions.

“Why are we dealing in hypotheticals, I have no idea,” Lamoriello said. “It’s not the case. So why we react and try to look for something that’s no there and create a story out of nothing.”

Brodeur did not attend the Devils‘ optional practice Wednesday and he was not immediately available for comment.

The NHL’s career leader in wins, minutes played, games played, losses and shutouts had fueled some of the trade talk by saying he was not happy with playing time in recent weeks. Counting his 4-3 win over Detroit on Tuesday, he had started two of the Devils‘ last 10 games, playing a backup to Cory Schneider.

Brodeur started the season as the Devils‘ top goaltender but he has taken a back seat to Schneider.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer said there isn’t a No. 1 goaltender for the Devils.

“I think Cory grabbed the ball here prior to the Olympic break and ran with it for a while,” DeBoer said. “Prior to that, Marty ran with it for a while. So I think it’s been there for either of them to grab and they have at different respective times. And that’s the case moving forward.”

Brodeur has a special place in the hearts of Devils‘ fans. They chanted “Mar-tee, Mar-tee” at times during the win over the Red Wings, in case Tuesday was the last game for the man who has been awarded the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie four times and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion while playing his entire career with the Devils.

“I don’t think you ever replace Marty,” Schneider said after Wednesday’s workout. “I am not him. I am not going to be him. I will try to be myself and do my thing and take some of the stuff that I learned from a lot of great people that I played with along the way, him being one of them.”

Brodeur’s contract expires after this season and he could explore free agency next season.

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