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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.

Trade: Pens acquire Lapierre from Blues for Goc

Maxim Lapierre

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Maxim Lapierre from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Marcel Goc Tuesday night.

Lapierre had two goals and nine points to go along with 16 penalty minutes in 45 games with the Blues this season.

The 29-year-old will likely slot in as the Penguins’ fourth line center. He is expected to make his debut for Pittsburgh on Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals.

Goc had two goals and four assists to go along with a minus-2 rating in 43 games this season with the Penguins. The 31-year-old was a reliable faceoff man for Pittsburgh winning 54 percent of his draws.

Both players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents following this season.

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…

Byfuglien’s neon skates, More GoPro fun, other All-Star bits


Social media certainly was around the last time an NHL All-Star Game happened – remember Alex Ovechkin clowing Phil Kessel with his phone? – but 2015’s edition constitutes the latest ramp up.

Hockey fans got to delight as teams, players and the league pulled back the curtain that much more. Check out this assorted collection of doodads from the days leading up to today’s event.

First, Dustin Byfuglien’s wearing some none skates for the contest:

Brian Elliott better watch out:

Wait, is it Aleksander Ovechkin instead of Alex Ovechkin now? Whatever the case may be, here he is with Carey Price & Co.



The rookies seem to be enjoying themselves, as well.

Finally, enjoy some wild camera angles thanks to GoPro at the skills competition: