For one, the timing is really bad. It’s November. The team hasn’t even played 20 games yet. The Devils aren’t exactly dead in the water. There’s no need to even comment at all.
Then, not only does he answer it, he gives the newspaper a book worth of quotes. Simple answer to the question: “Marty, would you be open to considering a trade to a contender?” “I’m not even thinking about that right now. I’m focused on helping this team.” He did essentially say that among his sea of quotes, but that should have been his ONLY response.
Even if he has thought about being traded to a top team, why say that to the media? What good will that do? All he’s done now is essentially tell Devils fans that he has pondered playing in another uniform. Not exactly what they wanted to hear in the season’s second month.
I get it. That question was definitely a possibility to pop up. How about answering that way in January or February when the team is out of the race? That would be a little easier for Devils fans to digest. Not a dozen or so games into a season with a lot of change in the forward stable from over the offseason.
Doesn’t he know this fanbase has seen enough with players leaving recently? Really…you needed to say that? This is a team that has lost its best three players in the last 12 months. Now, they have to be prepared for a potential fourth in a 19-month span?
Also, I think Marty is a little bitter over last season. Chicago is one of the teams who came calling last offseason. You know the rest. The Devils upped their offer to two years, Marty stayed and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with Corey Crawford in net. You can’t tell me that that doesn’t eat at No. 30, even just a little bit.
Lastly, there's no way Marty would ever ask to be traded. He's not that type of guy. GM Lou Lamoriello would have to approach him about such a situation. So yes, Marty is not looking to be traded or wants to be traded, but having that type of response to that question just a handful of games into the season was not the wisest decision he's ever made.