Martin Brodeur has made up his mind and will elect to retire and join the St. Louis Blues’ front office
After a legendary career that has spanned 22 seasons (21 with the New Jersey Devils), Martin Brodeur is finally hanging up the pads and moving to the front office. However, in a shocking turn of events it won’t be with the Devils. According to NBC Sports Brodeur will serve as assistant GM of the St. Louis Blues, after he filled in for seven games when goaltender Brian Elliott was out with an injury.
Brodeur will retire as the NHL’s all-time leader in games played (1,226), wins (691), and shutouts (125). Brodeur recently took a leave of absence from the Blues to consider his future options in the NHL and it appears he has made up his mind.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) January 27, 2015
It was assumed that Brodeur would eventually transition to the front office, but it was always expected that he would retire a New Jersey Devil and work in their front office. While this likely won’t sit well with Devils fans, can you really blame Brodeur? The Devils are on a downswing and will likely have to re-build in the next few years. The St. Louis Blues are definitely on the upswing and will be a Stanley Cup contender for the foreseeable future. This type of environment will set Brodeur up for success, whereas New Jersey will be a complete mess for the next few years.
I think this entire season has shown us that Brodeur is much more concerned with his long-term future success, rather than how New Jersey Devils fans view his legacy. Who knows what has gone on behind the scenes between Brodeur and the Devils, but it is quite obvious he did not feel they were going to give him the kind of opportunity he was seeking.
The press conference to announce Brodeur’s retirement and future with the Blues will be on Thursday.