The NHL Offseason Has a Familiar Feeling

July 2, 2012 12:00 AM

The NHL Offseason Has a Familiar Feeling

" On Sunday, Larry Brooks of the Post had a column comparing Martin Brodeur's decision to sign a new agent to negotiate for him as a free agent with machinations during his acrimonious 1995 contract spat with the team.

It was just plausible enough to play into the idea that the theme of this offseason was going to be déjà vu. The Rangers were looking to trade for Rick Nash, the Islanders were signing players to contracts just to reach the minimum salary floor and the Devils were fighting with their goalie.

Alas, Brodeur has re-signed since Brooks' column and it seems the whole thing was just a ploy to get a second year out of the Eastern Conference champs. Brodeur behind a different defense would be like seeing Derek Jeter on the Red Sox, which makes this a good development even if it appears to ruin our theme party.

But we can sub in a different recurring Devils subplot for Brodeur "

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