Tag: Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur

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


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)

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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)