Here’s why Brodeur is working for Blues (instead of Devils)

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It was odd enough for New Jersey Devils fans to see Martin Brodeur in a St. Louis Blues uniform, but to stay with the organization as assistant general manager? More than a few brows must have furrowed in the Garden State.

For those wondering, the just-retired Brodeur was offered a “substantial” job with the Devils, yet the Blues’ offer won out because it allows him to keep a more hands-on role with players. Here’s the full explanation from NJ Advance Media:

1. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello came up with a job offer that Brodeur called “substantial” but it was away from the actual team and his new position as assistant to Blues GM Doug Armstrong allows him to stay close to the players. The Devils’ offer was not to be assistant GM.

One imagines having a title like assistant GM doesn’t hurt either, mind you. (To emphasize the position being legit, that article notes that Brodeur is now in John Davidson’s old office. Quite a legacy of goalies-turned-suits there, huh?)

Along with saying goodbye with a smile on his face, Brodeur also took to social media to say thank you to his many fans.