Martin Brodeur won his first game with the St. Louis Blues in a rare fashion, as he relieved Jake Allen while the Blues managed a 6-4 comeback against the New York Islanders. More than a few people couldn’t help but note that he got a $20K bonus for winning the game, too.
As part of Brodeur’s contract, he gets $10K for every standings point the Blues produce with him in net.
Money’s probably not a big issue for the 42-year-old, yet that clause opened the door for some humor, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
“I got a call from (Blues general manager Doug Armstrong),” Hitchcock joked. “We’re broke. We’re down $20 grand. He was wondering if I could have pulled him sometime in the third period.”
It’ll be interesting to see how things go forward, as Brodeur may tussle with Allen, 24, for starts since Brian Elliott could be sidelined for some time. Brodeur’s expected to get the start on Monday, which means another chance to make an extra $10K or two.
Ultimately, Hitchcock told the New York Post that he’ll go with the goalie he thinks will grab them a win, and he thinks Brodeur’s capable of doing so.
“I have no opposition to using him any time,” Hitchcock said. “I think he can win for us. We’re in the winning business.”
As they say, sometimes you need to spend money to make money.