St. Louis Blues

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


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

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. (

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. (

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 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.

Report: Pens made offer for Winnik prior to Lapierre trade


Say this for Jim Rutherford — he’s putting in work.

Having already made one significant deal in acquiring David Perron earlier this month, the Pens GM obtained another forward on Tuesday night by getting Maxim Lapierre from St. Louis in exchange for Marcel Goc.

And, it seems, Lapierre wasn’t the only forward Rutherford was in on.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins, a week ago, made an offer on Daniel Winnik,” TSN’s Darren Dreger reported last night. “Obviously, it wasn’t good enough for Dave Nonis and the Maple Leafs to bite.”

Winnik, 29, is having a fairly solid year with the Leafs this season, having appeared in 46 of 48 games while sitting eighth on the team in scoring with 20 points. A big body — 6-foot-2, 210 pounds — the well-traveled journeyman seemed like an ideal fit for Rutherford, who as repeatedly said he’d like to increase secondary scoring, most notably in his bottom-six forward group.

“If we could get some more offense from our fourth line, that would be good,” Rutherford said on Tuesday night after last night’s trade.

Safe to say that, despite the Perron and Lapierre acquisitions, Rutherford could still very well be in the mix to made more deals.

NHL on NBCSN: Penguins kick off Rivalry Night vs. Capitals


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Washington Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Verizon Center at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight as part of a back-to-back set of games on NBCSN on Wednesday. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have held up their end of the bargain in maintaining one of the NHL’s most organic rivalries, yet they’re waiting for the Washington Capitals to fully rebound to the form that had hockey fans daydreaming about perennial playoff matches between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

The two teams will renew acquaintances on Wednesday night, as “Rivalry Night” presents quite the appetizing double-header of games.

It’s unclear if Crosby will be able to play tonight, as he’s targeting either Wednesday or Friday as a return date from the lower-body injury that caused some controversy.

The Penguins showed that they can still win down some key players last night, as they cooled the hot Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on the strength of Kris Letang’s impressive five-assist output. With Patric Hornqvist back in the mix, it’s still a group that demands respect from opponents.

Washington shouldn’t be short on respect for the Penguins anyway, as Pittsburgh had won eight straight regular season matchups before a Dec. 27 win by the Caps.

After a stretch in which they earned a point in all but one of 19 games (going 14-1-4), the Capitals are struggling right now, dropping four straight losses. They fell 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, even with Sergei Bobrovsky on the mend for quite some time.

On the bright side, Ovechkin has been scoring at a very nice clip. While he didn’t generate a point last night, Ovechkin went into the All-Star break on a three-game multi-point streak (five goals, one assist). With both teams dealing with similar fatigue challenges, Ovechkin could very well be that much tougher to handle.

The Penguins followed Tuesday’s win by trading Marcel Goc for Maxim Lapierre, so we’ll see if the pest makes his Pittsburgh debut tonight.

Thomas Greiss went for the Penguins last night, so one would expect Marc-Andre Fleury to be in Pittsburgh’s net. Similar logic would indicate that Justin Peters may get the nod for Washington, although Braden Holtby’s been enough of a workhorse that both possibilities seem reasonable.

There’s enough on the line that the two squads can really start to rekindle the rivalry tonight. It probably wouldn’t take much to fan the flames there, after all.