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Vaughn: Brodeur leaves with a smile

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(HockeyStL) - After 22 seasons as an NHL goalie, Martin Brodeur is leaving the game on a positive note. There were no tears at his retirement announcement Thursday morning at the Scottrade Center.

“I’m leaving the game with a big smile on my face,” said Brodeur. “I don’t think, if I would have done that last year, that would have been the case.”

The Blues gave the 42-year-old net-minder a chance to prove to himself, and the league, that he can still play. Brodeur posted three wins for the Blues, including his NHL-record 125th career shutout.

Now he’s getting a chance to transition into a management role.

“Marty has agreed to join our organization as senior advisor to the General Manager,” said GM Doug Armstrong. “He’s going to travel with the team on a daily basis. He’s going to interact with our players and coaches. <>Brodeur said, “I’m not dressing or taking shots to the head anymore. That’s the positive of it. But I’m here to help. I’m here to learn, and I’m excited about it.”

Brodeur retires as perhaps the greatest goalie in the history of the game. He holds most of the career records. He was hoping to get to 700 victories, but came up nine wins short.

“691 is not too bad,” said Brodeur. “It would have been nice, but those lockouts got me.”

“He went to five Stanley Cups,” said Blues TV analyst and former NHL goalie Darren Pang. “Lost one in Game 7, lost another as a 40 year old in the 6th game, won three of them and won three goal medals. To me right now, there’s no question about who the greatest goalie in the game is.”

Brodeur said he wasn’t interested in going to another team to continue his playing career as a back-up. The next time he gets between the pipes will likely be at a Blues alumni game.

Staying in St. Louis comes with a major benefit for the Brodeur family. He said his young son, more than anything, wants to take a ride to the top of the arch. Now he’ll get to do that.

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