Martin Brodeur has hung up his skates, but he certainly hasn’t slowed down. The 42-year-old former goaltender spent three straight contests in the press box with Blues GM Doug Armstrong as he learns to evaluate the game from a distance and adapts to his new role as a senior advisor to the general manager.
“It’s fun,” Brodeur told NHL.com. “I’m learning, asking a lot of questions. It’s something that has really interested me. The last three days have been fun, being involved.”
Armstrong sees Brodeur as a valuable addition given the legendary netminder’s wealth of playing experience and three Stanley Cup championships.
“What I’m trying to gain from him is his knowledge of the Eastern Conference, gain his knowledge on how he sees the game,” Armstrong said. “There’s as much teaching as learning from both of us now. That’s what makes it a really exciting relationship. With us we’re just trying to tell him what we look for in players, what we want to do at the trade deadline, how our philosophy of evaluating players is, what we look for. And then I get his input on how he looks at things and how he looks at players.”
The game looks slower to Brodeur from above, which he feels makes it easier to judge the players. At the same time, he’s interesting in learning what the best approach would be when it comes to evaluating talent.
He’s also enjoying his new role in life and while it’s too early to say for certain, Brodeur might have years ahead of him of work within the NHL, even if his days between the pipes are over.