Tag: Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur, Doug Armstrong

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


It was odd enough for New Jersey Devils fans to see Martin Brodeur in a St. Louis Blues uniform, but to stay with the organization as assistant general manager? More than a few brows must have furrowed in the Garden State.

For those wondering, the just-retired Brodeur was offered a “substantial” job with the Devils, yet the Blues’ offer won out because it allows him to keep a more hands-on role with players. Here’s the full explanation from NJ Advance Media:

1. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello came up with a job offer that Brodeur called “substantial” but it was away from the actual team and his new position as assistant to Blues GM Doug Armstrong allows him to stay close to the players. The Devils’ offer was not to be assistant GM.

One imagines having a title like assistant GM doesn’t hurt either, mind you. (To emphasize the position being legit, that article notes that Brodeur is now in John Davidson’s old office. Quite a legacy of goalies-turned-suits there, huh?)

Along with saying goodbye with a smile on his face, Brodeur also took to social media to say thank you to his many fans.

Poll: Where does Brodeur rank among all-time goalie greats?

Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur officially ended his illustrious career on Thursday, walking away with a laundry list of accolades that might never be duplicated:

— 691 wins, most in NHL history (and 301 more than the new active leader, Roberto Luongo.)

— 125 shutouts, most in NHL history. One of only two goalies to ever hit triple digits in clean sheets (the other, Terry Sawchuk, had 103.)

— 74, 438 minutes played, most in NHL history. (Next closest? Patrick Roy, at 60K.)

— Four Vezinas, three Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals and a Calder Trophy.

There’s no argument about Brodeur’s spot in the Hall of Fame — that’s a lock. The real debate is if he’s the greatest goalie ever.

Others in that conversation include…

Dominik Hasek: Six Vezina wins and the highest save percentage (.922) of all time. Biggest accolade, though, might be that he’s the only goalie in league history to win two Hart Trophies as league MVP.

Patrick Roy: Won four Cups, and his postseason excellence is unparalleled — he remains the only player to win the Conn Smythe three times.

Jacques Plante: A goaltending innovator (the first to wear a mask regularly.) No netminder has won more Stanley Cups (six) or Vezinas (seven).

Terry Sawchuk: In terms of longevity, he was Brodeur before Brodeur. Played for 21 seasons — winning four Cups and four Vezinas — and retired as the all-time shutouts leader (a record Brodeur broke in 2009).

Others: Ken Dryden, Tony Esposito, Glen Hall.

With that on the table, go ahead and vote:

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

Martin Brodeur Retirement Press Conference

Let’s face facts. It looked weird.

There stood Martin Brodeur, the legendary goalie who won three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, in front of a backdrop featuring the logo of the St. Louis Blues, announcing his retirement from a Hall of Fame career.

Brodeur ended up playing just seven games for the Blues, with whom he’ll remain for at least the rest of the season as a senior advisor to general manager Doug Armstrong.

He played almost 1,500 games, including the playoffs, for the Devils.

Given the optics, it was no surprise Brodeur took the opportunity to insist his relationship with New Jersey president/GM Lou Lamoriello remains strong as ever.

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

“We’ve stayed in contact before I signed in St. Louis, during when I was playing, and while I was hanging out in Florida.

“He agreed with me that this was probably the best opportunity. It’s something that he was not able to give me at this time. I’m really excited to be here (in St. Louis).”

Brodeur has made no commitment either way, to St. Louis or New Jersey, for next season.

As for the decision to retire, he said he saw the writing on the wall when Blues starter Brian Elliott returned from injury. With backup Jake Allen also on the roster, it left three goalies, and no real opportunity for Brodeur.

“Just the fact they got healthy, it was harder for me to stay around,” said Brodeur. “I’m a competitive guy. It was hard to stay on the sideline.”

Brodeur joked that it got to the point where he started to feel “in the way” as the third goalie at practice, and that eventually he was just trying to not get “run over by the line rushes.”

At the same time, the 42-year-old has no regrets about going out the way he did.

“The thing about hockey for me,” Brodeur said. “I’m really competitive, but I love to have fun. And I’m leaving the game with a big smile on my face.

“I don’t think if I would’ve [retired] last year it would have been the case.”

PHT Morning Skate: Ottawa will give Alfredsson key to the city

Daniel Alfredsson

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.

Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will meet Ottawa mayor Jim Watson to receive the key to the city. Upon hearing that, current captain Erik Karlsson said, “I’m changing my locks.” (Sportsnet)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $25,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Thursday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Johnny Gaudreau reportedly got a big payday over his late addition to the All-Star Game. (Calgary Sun)

Here are the highlights from Los Angeles’ 4-3 win against Chicago:

Martin Brodeur, who is expected to officially retire this morning, will drop the puck in tonight’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators. (Blues.nhl.com)

Tomas Hertl’s sophomore campaign hasn’t gone as planned, but he thinks playing in the minors during the All-Star break was a good experience. (CSN Bay Area)

Here are the highlights from Washington’s 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh:

Adam Larsson is rewarding the New Jersey Devils for trusting him in the post-Pete DeBoer era. (NJ.com)

Tyler Kennedy hasn’t had any luck this season as on Wednesday it was revealed he’ll be sidelined for a fourth time. (CSN Bay Area)

Devils to celebrate 20th anniversary of first Stanley Cup title

The Stanley Cup-NJ Devils, on Letterman

The New Jersey Devils will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1995 Stanley Cup title the weekend of March 7-8, when, according to the club, “more than 20 players and coaches” will reunite.

The Saturday will feature an alumni game at AmeriHealth Pavilion; Sunday, there will be a ceremony prior to the Devils taking on the Flyers at Prudential Center.

“We are all looking forward to welcoming the coaches, players and staff, as well as their families, from our first championship team back here to New Jersey,” said Devils GM Lou Lamoriello in a release. “That was a team with tremendous character, with great coaches, great players and quality individuals.  They set the standard to which all of our other teams have been compared to.”

It wasn’t announced who, exactly, would be in attendance for the reunion. The ’95 team, coached by Jacques Lemaire, featured Martin Brodeur in goal, with Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens, and Ken Daneyko on defense, and Claude Lemieux, Stephane Richer, Neal Broten, and John MacLean leading the forwards.

The Devils, making their first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance, swept the favored Red Wings in four games.