With 22 years in the NHL under his belt, 42-year-old Martin Brodeur will retire and take a front office job with the Blues, the team announced Tuesday. Brodeur will make the official announcement at a Thursday press conference.
Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said he has assured Brodeur that the netminder’s club of 21 years also has a place for him when he’s ready to return. Lamoriello and Brodeur have been talking for the last few weeks, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when the announcement was made.
After the Devils opted not to re-sign the veteran and decided to stick with Cory Schneider as their No. 1, Brodeur went to look for work elsewhere. He signed with the Blues as a free agent on Dec. 2 and registered a 3-3 record in five games started.
Brodeur finishes his career with a 691-397-176 record, giving him the regular-season NHL record for wins, games and minutes. In his tenure in the league, Brodeur has posted a 2.24 goals against average, .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts.
“It’s kind of sad to see a guy like him hang ‘em up,” Blues All-Star goalie Brian Elliott said. “I’m sure it’s a tough decision, but I was grateful to be on the same team with him if only for a little bit.”
His numbers in the postseason also earned him three Stanley Cups with the Devils, and he holds the record for starts with 204 and shutouts with 24. He’s also second in postseason wins with 113.
Brodeur compiled four Vezina Trophy wins and was named to the All-Star team 10 times in his career.