The Minnesota Wild — like the Calgary Flames — have three goalies on their active roster. And the St. Louis Blues soon may too, depending what Martin Brodeur decides.
While teams don’t generally like to carry three netminders, sometimes they just have to. In the Wild’s case, all they can do after Devan Dubnyk joined the team from Arizona is make the best of it.
“It’s an ongoing, day-by-day thing we’ll have to deal with,’’ coach Mike Yeo said, per the Star Tribune. “I think we were able to manage it fairly well [last season], and that’s going to be important again this year.
“It’s a little bit tricky in that you have to make sure the person who’s starting is getting the workload and preparation they need. And in a lot of ways, how you deal with the other two guys is going to be equally as important as far as their emotional state, making sure they’re ready in case they need to be called upon, and also making sure they’re getting the proper amount of work.”
As noted prior to the Dubnyk trade, the Wild’s two other goalies, Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom, would both require waivers in order to be sent to the AHL. The problem with the former is that he might get picked up. And while the latter would certainly not, he apparently has a no-move clause that makes it possible for him to block a demotion to Iowa.
Minnesota is a perfect 2-0-0 with Dubnyk between the pipes. While he admits, “I think you’d be lying if anybody said three goalies was good,” it sure beats losing with two goalies.
The St. Louis Blues granted Martin Brodeur a leave of absence on Wednesday.
One of the things he could be considering during his time away is an opportunity to join the Blues’ front office.
According to hockey insider Darren Dreger, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong could offer 42-year-old a role in management with the club.
Brodeur is 3-3-0 in seven appearances with St. Louis while posting 2.87 G.A.A. and an .899 save percentage.
Martin Brodeur’s decision to take a one-week leave of absence from the St. Louis Blues has left coach Ken Hitchcock surprised and confused.
From Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch:
Until yesterday, it seemed as if the Blues would continue carrying three goalies — Brian Elliott, Jake Allen, and 42-year-old Brodeur.
While the future Hall of Famer hasn’t played since Jan. 2 and his numbers (2.87 GAA, .899 SV%) are far from spectacular, Hitchcock liked what Brodeur brought to the team.
Brodeur also provided insurance should Elliott go down with another injury. Allen has struggled this season (2.65, .900), and he’s never started a playoff game. Between Allen and Brodeur, one could easily picture Brodeur getting the nod in the postseason.
At this point, it seems as if Brodeur has two options. First is to retire. Second is to remain with the Blues and accept whatever role he’s given. It’s possible there’s a third option, that being another team picking him up via trade or waivers. But there really isn’t a strong market for his services.