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PHT Morning Skate: Saying goodbye to Martin Brodeur (plus a brutal Sidney Crosby typo)


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.

After a brief jaunt with the St. Louis Blues, Martin Brodeur is hanging up his leg pads and taking a front office job. Let’s take a look at some of what’s been said and written about the departing legend in a special Marty-heavy edition of the PHT Morning Skate.

Martin Brodeur: By the Numbers. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Brodeur retired to take a job in the Blues’ front office. Shouldn’t he be getting such a gig with the New Jersey Devils instead? (In Lou We Trust)

Patrick Roy’s take on Brodeur retiring. (Puck Daddy)

Apparently the Blues gave Brodeur a very “St. Louis” goodbye message. (St. Louis Game Time)

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NBCSN shared two videos on Brodeur last night.

First, here’s a collection of reactions from players and coaches:

Finally, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones share some memories:


A few non-Brodeur bits really quick …

This is, um, regrettable.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman wants to be an all-around threat.

Dvorak retires after 18 NHL seasons


After 18 seasons and 1,260 NHL games Radek Dvorak announced his retirement Tuesday.

Originally the Florida Panthers’ first-round selection (10th overall) in 1995, Dvorak scored 227 goals and 590 points during his career.

The 37-year-old also spent time with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes.

“It was an honor for me to play in the best league in the world for 18 seasons,” said Dvorak in a statement. “I would like to thank to all the organizations, coaches and teammates I played for or with.

“Also, thank you to my parents, wife and kids who have always supported me and helped me throughout my whole career. At last I would like to thank to my fans who believed in and followed me all these years.”

A native of Tabor, Czech Republic, Dvorak last played in the NHL during the 2013-14 season appearing in 60 games with the Carolina Hurricanes scoring four goals and nine points.

Related: Martin Brodeur to retire, become Blues asst. GM

Martin Brodeur to retire, become Blues asst. GM (Updated)

Martin Brodeur

One of the greatest goaltending careers in NHL history appears as though it’s come to an end.

Martin Brodeur, who’s been on leave from the St. Louis Blues for the last two weeks, will reportedly retire and join the Blues’ front office, per Sportsnet.

(UPDATE: Per TVA, Brodeur will become the assistant GM in St. Louis.)

(UPDATE 2: The Blues issued a statement saying Brodeur “will stay with the organization in a management role in hockey operations.” No further comment or clarification will be made until Thursday’s presser.)

Brodeur, 42, joined the Blues in November after 21 years with the New Jersey Devils. He went 3-3-0 with St. Louis but became the odd-man out after Brian Elliott returned from injury to form a one-two punch with Jake Allen.

A lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame, Brodeur retires as the NHL’s all-time leader in wins (691) and shutouts (125). He also captured four Vezina Trophies as the league’s top goalie, won three Stanley Cups with the Devils and backstopped Canada to gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake.

As for Brodeur’s future, it’s quite interesting that he’s joining the St. Louis front office as opposed to New Jersey’s. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Brodeur had a standing offer with the organization, but Blues GM Doug Armstrong and head coach Ken Hitchcock have both been highly complimentary of Brodeur ever since he joined the club.

What’s more, agent Pat Brisson said his client had numerous opportunities for front office work once his playing days were over.

“Let’s put it this way: If and when Marty Brodeur decided not to play hockey, I know for a fact he will get many offers by many franchises, including perhaps the league,” Brisson said, per the Post-Dispatch. “There’s a lot rumors and speculation out there, but I know for a fact that if and when he decides, he’s going to have a job in hockey.”

Brodeur will now join a front office that includes a pair of Hall of Famers: Al MacInnis (senior advisor to the GM) and Brett Hull (executive vice president.) Brodeur is scheduled to speak Thursday at a press conference.

Update: Per the Star-Ledger…

Brodeur extends leave from Blues, future ‘should be clearer post All-Star’

Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur’s sabbatical from St. Louis continues.

Brodeur, who last week took a leave from the Blues to contemplate his playing future, will now extend that leave through the upcoming All-Star break, per ESPN.

“With the All-Star break already on the way, the Blues have given Marty more time to reflect,” agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports told ESPN. “Everything should be clearer post All-Star next week.”

Brodeur’s leave was granted last Wednesday, which coincided with Brian Elliott returning to full health and being taken off IR. Elliott, along with Jake Allen, is expected to be St. Louis’ goaltending duo moving forward, leaving many questions as to how the 42-year-old fits in. TSN’s Darren Dreger recently speculated that Blues GM Doug Armstrong may consider offering Brodeur a management position within the organization.

Brodeur has gone 3-3-0 with a .899 save percentage for the Blues. He last appeared in a game on Jan. 2.

Get your game notes: Avs at Blues

Colorado Avalanche v St. Louis Blues
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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the St. Louis Blues hosting the Colorado Avalanche at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• St. Louis streaking: The Blues have points in 7 straight games (6-0-1 record), outscoring opponents 33-13 in that stretch.

• Last game: Saturday Jan. 17; 3-0 win vs. TOR.

• Ken Hitchcock earned his 685th regular-season win, passing Pat Quinn for 5th in all-time wins.

• The only loss during this stretch came right before the TOR win – a 3-2 (OT) loss vs. DET last Thursday.

• STL is tied with DAL for the 3rd-best offense in the NHL (3.13 goals/gm), and it owns the league’s top power
play (25.2%).

• Colorado finishing up a road trip: The Avs will conclude a 5-game road trip tonight, and have just 1 win in the first 4 games (1-1-2).

• Last game: Saturday Jan. 17; 3-2 (SO) loss at TB.

• All 3 losses on the road trip have been 1-goal games, with 2 of them coming in a shootout.

• Avs goalies have been under siege, as the team is allowing an average of 36.8 shots/gm on the road trip.

• Central Division scope: The Central has 4 of the top 5 teams in the West, and it is the only division in the NHL in which every team is above .500.

• Brian Elliott (STL) is 4-1-1 since his return from a month-long absence (knee injury – missed 14 gms).

• Elliott is coming off a 27-save shutout against the Maple Leafs on Saturday – his 3rd shutout of the season and 19th overall in a St. Louis uniform.

• He is now 1 shutout away from tying Jaroslav Halak for the most shutouts in franchise history.

• Elliott leads the NHL in GAA (1.90) and ranks 4th in SV% (.929).

• Last Wednesday, Martin Brodeur was granted a 1-week leave of absence from STL. At the time, the Blues made the following statement: “Brodeur will rejoin the club in one week and his future will be addressed at that time.”

• Since then, Darren Dreger has reported that Brodeur might be offered a job in the team’s front office as one possible option once the time off is completed. Dreger also said: “It’s hard to imagine that if he was going to accept a position it wouldn’t be with the New Jersey Devils.”


• Steen/Backes/Oshie on fire: Earlier in the season, St. Louis’ line of Schwartz/Lehtera/Tarasenko drew all the press for its chemistry and offensive prowess, but the current trio of Steen/Backes/Oshie are 3 of the NHL’s top 6 scorers in 2015.

•  Steen had 1 goal, 1 assist vs. TOR to extend his goal streak to 5 games, and his overall point streak to 9 games (7G-9A). His career best was a 13-game point streak early on last season.

• Backes has 2 assists vs. TOR to extend his point streak to 6 games (7G-6A), which ties a career-high.

• Six games ago on Jan. 6, Backes scored 4 goals in a win at AZ – his 2nd career 4-goal game.

• Shattenkirk has been on a tear in 2015, with 10 points (3G-7A) in 8 games. Among d-men, he is tied for the NHL lead in scoring with Mark Giordano of CGY (39 pts).

• Shattenkirk’s 24 power play points (4G-20A) lead all NHL skaters.

• Colorado drafted Shattenkirk 14th overall in 2007, and in 2011 he was traded in a multi-player deal to STL. The Blues gave up 2006 #1 overall pick D Erik Johnson in the deal.


• Two of the oldest members of the Avalanche – 35-year-old Alex Tanguay and 37-year-old Jarome Iginla – are the leading scorers on the team this season.

• Tanguay was a 1st round pick by COL in 1998, and while he has played for 3 other teams (CGY, MTL, TB), he is in his 8th season overall with the Avs.

• Career vs. STL: 45 points (11G-34A) in 46 career games.

• Iginla, signed to a 3-yr/$16M contract this offseason from Boston, has totaled 30+ goals and 60+ points in each of the last 12 full seasons (excluding 2012-13 lockout season), but he is falling short of that pace this season.

• Iginla scored his 573rd career goal last Thurs. vs. FLA, tying him with Mike Bossy for 20th place all-time.

• Career vs. STL: 73 points (29G-44A) in 68 career games (w/ CGY, BOS, and COL).

• The Avs have had a top-3 overall pick 3 times in the past 6 seasons. Those 3 players – Matt Duchene (3rd overall in 2009), captain Gabriel Landeskog (2nd overall in 2011), and Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall in 2013) are all performing below their 2013-14 season results.

• Duchene had 70 pts in 71 games last season, but has just 27 pts (12G-15A) in 46 games this season.

• Landeskog set career-highs last season in goals (26) and assists (39); he has just 9 goals and 19 assists in 46 games this season.

• MacKinnon was last season’s Calder Trophy winner (top rookie) with 63 points.

• He had a goal and an assist vs. TB, bringing his season total to 27 pts (9G-18A) this season.

• Semyon Varlamov – a Vezina Trophy nominee last season – has started 11 of the 13 Avalanche games since returning from a groin injury; sustained Dec. 8 (missed 6 gms).

• 11 gms since return: 7-3-1, 1.97 GAA, .940 SV%, 2 shutouts.