It's Brodeurs career. It's his life. He has the right to pursue whatever he wants for however long he wants for whatever salary they're willing to pay him. But it is a little sad when you're the last person in the room who doesn't know that it's over.
Well, that's what he wants to find out. That is, I think he gets that if he didn't get traded, he'll play maybe 3 to 5 games the rest of the year, or it could be even less than that. Lou probably told him the Devils probably won't re-sign him for next year, so he just wants to see if he can get a shot with another team to prove to himself and other teams that he still has something left in the tank. Yeah, if you look at save percentage, it tells you that he shouldn't be that deluded. But if another team is willing to trade for him, it doesn't matter what statistics tell you.
At the same time, he's probably doing the Devils a favor in that it would be getting something in return. Unlike Mats Sundin who wouldn't go to another team for a few months for a bad Toronto team to get something of value.
I really don't see how this is all that controversial.