Martin Brodeur Retires as a Blue, Joins St. Louis’ Front Office
Former Devils’ and Blues’ goaltender, Martin Brodeur, has finally decided to call it a career. He will announce his retirement on Thursday.
The legendary goaltender set multiple records in his 22 seasons as a goalie. His 691 wins and 125 shutouts are the most in NHL history. His final shutout came on Dec. 29th for the Blues as they won 3-0 against the Colorado Avalanche; he had broken Avs’ head coach Patrick Roy’s wins record. Martin Brodeur finished his career with a 691-397-176 record, a 2.24 GAA and .912 save percentage in 1,266 games. All but seven of those games came with the New Jersey Devils, the team he’d known all his life before parting ways with the organization. Along with the most wins and shutouts by an NHL goaltender in the regular season, he also holds the record for games played and minutes played (74,438), ranks first in starting games in Stanley Cup Playoff history and second in playoff wins (113).
Brodeur signed a one-year contract with the Blues on Dec. 2nd after starting net minder Brian Elliot had a knee injury. After Elliot returned, it was clear his options were running out. He decided to take a leave-of-absence as a result to think about what he wanted to do for his future. He will be joined by Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Blues Hall of Fame members Bernie Federko, Brett Hull and Al MacInnis.
Whether or not he’ll return to the Devils after this season remains to be seen, but Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t count out the possibility.
He could have come here if he wanted. I don’t think this is a case of him choosing (between the two organizations). He’s been there with the players. The (Blues) players and administration asked him to stay. He had an impact in the dressing room.
– Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to NJ Advance Media on Martin Brodeur retiring and joining the St. Louis Blues’ Front Office
One thing we do know is that although Brodeur’s goal tending abilities may have been in question in recent years, he will still be remembered as the best goalie in NHL and New Jersey Devil history. Good luck, Marty.