Future Hall-of-Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur has officially announced the end of his playing career, accepting a job in the Blues’ front office.
Brodeur, 42, who holds NHL records for wins (691) and shutouts (125), has accepted a management position with St. Louis, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
Under general manager Doug Armstrong, Brodeur will advise in several areas, something he did frequently during his stint with the Blues this season.
“There is a lot that Marty brings to this team,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said recently. “There’s a lot. It’s a really revealing situation when you bring in players with winning pedigrees and the way they look at the competition, the way they look at the game, the way they look at improvement, on adjustments. It’s really refreshing to bring in people with that kind of pedigree.”
Brodeur appeared in seven games with the Blues, signing a one-year, $700,000 contract with the team in early December after starter Brian Elliott sustained a knee injury. In his time with the club, Brodeur added three wins to his untouched resume, bringing his career record to 691-397-154 (1,266 games played).
Hitchcock spoke of Brodeur’s time with the Blues a few weeks ago, discussing the lasting impact left by the goaltender in the locker room. But it hasn’t just been players affected by the veteran’s persona. The coaching staff has also conversed with Brodeur on numerous occasions about numerous situations.
A three-time Stanley Cup champion – all won during his 21 years with the New Jersey Devils -- Brodeur has been involved in several special unit meetings, which is sometimes uncharacteristic for goaltenders, as well as vocal and forthcoming in the locker room.
“I think it has been good for Jake (Allen) and Elliott with his professionalism and experience,” Hitchcock said a few weeks ago. “I mean, he’s out there picking up pucks at the end of practice. He’s a Hall of Famer doing that type of stuff and it rubs off on the players.”
On Jan. 14, Brodeur was granted a leave of absence by Armstrong. It is believed that the general manager conveyed to Brodeur that his playing time would be limited with Elliott healthy and Allen backing up. Armstrong extended the offer for the assistant general manager position to Brodeur at that time and Brodeur headed home to contemplate his next move. Another change was unlikely for Brodeur, who questioned a few weeks ago whether or not he would be up for another.
Brodeur will join former NHL players Al MacInnis, Brett Hull and Bruce Affleck in the team’s front office. A press conference will be held on Thursday to formally announce Brodeur's retirement and hiring.