Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur

Brodeur signs three-year deal to be Blues’ assistant GM

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The St. Louis Blues are at a crossroads as an organization, but one thing seems to be clear: Martin Brodeur is rising up their executive ranks. The team signed him to a three-year contract to be their assistant general manager on Wednesday.

After playing a few regular season games with the Blues in 2014-15, Brodeur moved into a role as a “special adviser” during that same campaign. The 43-year-old told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that such a job merely made him want more.

“I really enjoyed it, but we had a conversation that I’d like to do more,” Brodeur said. “I want to learn as much as possible. I think it was a great opportunity for me to be around the team advising. But now after doing that for six months, I’d like to do a little more.”

It looks like his wish has been granted, and one assumes he’ll have at least some say in a key offseason for the franchise. Will they stick with head coach Ken Hitchcock? Should the Blues trade any core members to shake things up? Brodeur won’t be the one to make final decisions, yet he could whisper in GM Doug Armstrong’s ear on plenty of matters.

Brodeur to participate in Devils’ alumni game

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The New Jersey Devils announced today that Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens and Claude Lemieux would be among the participants in a March 7 alumni game that will comprise part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the club’s first Stanley Cup title.

Others scheduled to participate include Jacques Lemaire, Jacques Caron, Tommy Albelin, Sergei Brylin, Bob Carpenter, Shawn Chambers, Tom Chorske, Danton Cole, Ken Daneyko, Jim Dowd, Bruce Driver, Bill Guerin, Bobby Holik, John MacLean, Chris McAlpine, Randy McKay, Mike Peluso, Brian Rolston and Chris Terreri.

But it’s the recently retired Brodeur that led the release.

Brodeur, of course, raised more than a few eyebrows last week when he announced his retirement in front of a backdrop featuring the logo of the St. Louis Blues, the optics of the press conference leaving many wondering about his relationship with New Jersey president/GM Lou Lamoriello, and the Devils franchise in general.

“For anybody that thinks that me and Lou are not on the same page, everybody’s wrong,” insisted Brodeur.

It’s possible, we suppose, that the Devils could stage their own retirement ceremony for Brodeur as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations.

Related: Here’s why Brodeur is working for Blues (instead of Devils)

Brodeur enjoying his post-playing role with Blues

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Martin Brodeur has hung up his skates, but he certainly hasn’t slowed down. The 42-year-old former goaltender spent three straight contests in the press box with Blues GM Doug Armstrong as he learns to evaluate the game from a distance and adapts to his new role as a senior advisor to the general manager.

“It’s fun,” Brodeur told NHL.com. “I’m learning, asking a lot of questions. It’s something that has really interested me. The last three days have been fun, being involved.”

Armstrong sees Brodeur as a valuable addition given the legendary netminder’s wealth of playing experience and three Stanley Cup championships.

“What I’m trying to gain from him is his knowledge of the Eastern Conference, gain his knowledge on how he sees the game,” Armstrong said. “There’s as much teaching as learning from both of us now. That’s what makes it a really exciting relationship. With us we’re just trying to tell him what we look for in players, what we want to do at the trade deadline, how our philosophy of evaluating players is, what we look for. And then I get his input on how he looks at things and how he looks at players.”

The game looks slower to Brodeur from above, which he feels makes it easier to judge the players. At the same time, he’s interesting in learning what the best approach would be when it comes to evaluating talent.

He’s also enjoying his new role in life and while it’s too early to say for certain, Brodeur might have years ahead of him of work within the NHL, even if his days between the pipes are over.

Related:

Brodeur announces retirement, leaves ‘the game with a big smile on my face’

Brodeur on what he’d change to the game: ‘The trapezoid has to go’

Here’s why Brodeur is working for Blues (instead of Devils)

PHT Morning Skate: Lundqvist shakes it off

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

James Neal faced the Pittsburgh Penguins as the Nashville Predators won 4-0 on Sunday, so this seems like a good time to take another look back at that big trade. (Puck Daddy)

Interesting angle here: the five best “unsung” backups to Martin Brodeur. Feel free to play Helmet while reading this. (The Hockey News)

Johnny Gaudreau: a “big man trapped in a small man’s body.” (NHL Numbers)

A look back at one of hockey’s original bad boys. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

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Brodeur on what he’d change to the game: ‘The trapezoid has to go’

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Retired goaltender Martin Brodeur joined Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman to discuss what he likes and what he’d like to change about the game he just left.

The 42-year-old pointed to the speed of the game and the resulting hits as something that he dislikes.

“It’s too tough of a game, too dangerous of a game. I think it goes… all the speed that they wanted to bring into the game, it kind of makes it up on those tough hits and it’s hard for the players to police themselves. First of all because fighting is going away from the game,” said Brodeur. “You have a lot of guys that are taking liberties and some guys they don’t, but because the game is so fast, they don’t have time to react to a lot of things.

“The dangerous part of the game, the accidents, some of the head injuries needs to get cleaned out.

Brodeur didn’t know exactly how the league needs to go about changing the game, but did have a couple of suggestions.

“The trapezoid has to go. I think the goalies have to help their players a little bit more, but a lot of the hits come because there’s no interference,” Brodeur said. “Put in the interference on the table for the players to use to help each other.

“In the neutral zone I understand the guy skating 100 miles an hour with the puck nobody should touch him, but when you see your guys getting lined up, you should be able to hook that guy a little bit to make him realize ‘hey, you got to stop buddy, you can’t hit him’. But if he does that, the guy gets a penalty. Interference needs to get back in the game.”

Since stepping away from the game, Brodeur has joined the St. Louis Blues as a senior advisor to general manager Doug Armstrong.

Brodeur was in Philadelphia on Saturday night scouting the Flyers and Leafs as part of his new role and spoke with NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman about his new vantage point.

“I think it’s a lot easier to judge people from up here,” Brodeur said. “That’s where I’m trying to find the way of doing it, the right way of doing it, to give the best input I can knowing that two weeks ago, three weeks ago I was the one down there.

“Hockey’s hockey. Right here I think it exposes it a little bit, but it’s all productive.”

Armstrong says the two are learning from one another.

“What I’m trying to gain from him is his knowledge of the Eastern Conference, gain his knowledge on how he sees the game,” Armstrong said. “There’s as much teaching as learning from both of us now. That’s what makes it a really exciting relationship.

“With us we’re just trying to tell him what we look for in players, what we want to do at the trade deadline, how our philosophy of evaluating players is, what we look for. And then I get his input on how he looks at things and how he looks at players.”