Why no one will ever break Martin Brodeur’s records

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When Martin Brodeur retires on Thursday, he’ll take with him the two most important regular season goaltending records: wins and shutouts. With 691 victories and 125 blank slates, there’s reason to believe his records will be left standing for a long, long time.

It’s not that the figures Brodeur posted are so astronomical that they can’t be matched, it’s that the way the NHL works now will likely never allow for a player to reach them. Brodeur had suited up for 168 games before his fourth professional season, and played more than 70 games in 10 straight campaigns. Today, most goaltenders don’t break into the NHL until they’re 24 or 25, and once they do they’re brought in slowly.

That said, how do today’s best goaltenders stack up to Brodeur’s behemoth totals? And is there any present day netminder who can come close to his records? Read more

Rumor Roundup: Richards heads to AHL, Jagr drawing interest

Lyle Richardson
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Any hope Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi had of a rival club plucking Mike Richards off waivers came to naught Tuesday. The 29-year-old veteran center cleared waivers and was demoted to the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester. It’s the first time Richards has played in the minors since a brief stint with the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2005 AHL playoffs.

It was a bold move by Lombardi, though one which shouldn’t be surprising. While Richards helped the Kings win two Stanley Cups, his performance since 2011-12 has been in steady decline. His numbers prior to his demotion (15 points through 47 games) put the center on pace for a career-low 26 points. He was seeing reduced ice time centering the Kings’ fourth line.

In recent weeks there was speculation Lombardi was trying to trade Richards, with most linking the center to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes a swap of Richards for Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf was “seriously considered”, but fell through because the Kings refused to include either Tanner Pearson or Tyler Toffoli in the deal. Read more

Marty! Marty! The top 10 moments of Martin Brodeur’s career

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Martin Brodeur earned himself many curtain calls over his illustrious career.. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

We knew it was coming, and now it’s official: Martin Brodeur does not play hockey in the NHL anymore. The man who rewrote the goaltending record books as a New Jersey Devil will end his brief stint in the St. Louis Blues’ crease and join their front office.

How do we say goodbye to Marty? For starters, let’s fondly reflect on his best career moments. Here are 10 to ponder.

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Devils GM Lou Lamoriello: “Marty will be a Devil”

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Lou Lamoriello & Martin Brodeur celebrate Brodeur's 500th NHL win, in 2007 (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

All but three of Martin Brodeur’s NHL-record 691 wins are with the New Jersey Devils and even though Brodeur has joined the St. Louis Blues, his former GM fully expects him to come back home and pick up hundreds more victories.

The St. Louis Blues confirmed Tuesday that Brodeur, a sure-fire Hall of Famer in 2018, will announce his retirement Thursday. GM Doug Armstrong said Brodeur will remain with the organization in a management role, but Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, who drafted Brodeur in 1990 and won three Stanley Cups with him in the Devils net, said that arrangement will be a temporary one. He expects Brodeur to be working alongside him next season.

“Marty will be a Devil,” Lamoriello said. “I think he’ll be the first one to say that.” Read more

Goodbye to the greatest: Martin Brodeur to announce retirement, join Blues management

Jared Clinton
Martin Brodeur featured Blues

According to reports, St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur, 42, is set to announce his retirement on Thursday and join the Blues front office.

Brodeur, a surefire Hall of Famer, played seven games with the Blues this season after signing a contract with the team in late November. Over those appearances, Brodeur went 3-3-0, posting a 2.87 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. They were the only games he had ever played in the NHL that were not with the New Jersey Devils.

Brodeur’s signing with the Blues came after an injury to Brian Elliott. However, Brodeur lost the starting role to Jake Allen, and, when Elliott returned, Brodeur was relegated to third-string duty. His retirement comes two weeks after he requested, and was granted, a leave of absence from the Blues. Read more

Seriously, Scott Gomez has been effective for New Jersey

Jared Clinton
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It’s hard to fathom that one of the most maligned players in the history of the Montreal Canadiens, one that was ridiculed for his lack of goal scoring prowess for years after those same Habs bought him out, and one who couldn’t get a contract in the NHL this past offseason has become the player that the New Jersey Devils have had to turn to.

Maybe it speaks more to the state of the Devils than it does the play of Scott Gomez, but it begs the question: where, exactly, would the Devils be this season without Gomez? Read more

Goalies scoring goals: a fluky and fabulous history

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Reto Berra joined some heady company on Friday when he scored a goal by shooting the puck down the ice in an AHL game. It’s a rare occasion when a goalie gets credit for the other team scoring on their own net, but it’s even rarer for a goalie to actually score on a shot.

It’s such a tremendous freak occurrence that each instance is a footnote in the history books.

Fourteen goalies have received credit for scoring a goal in NHL history, but only seven of those goals were scored by a goalie who actually shot the puck down the ice.

In honour of Berra’s great goal (and even greater celebration), here’s a look at those goals.

Note: If they sound repetitive, they are. The goalie’s team gets a two-goal lead, the goalie stops a dump-in, the goalie throws it over everyone’s heads and hits the net at the other end.

And yet it never gets old.
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Rumor Roundup: Vermette may stay in Arizona, Jagr could be out of New Jersey

Antoine Vermette (Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Trade rumors continue to dog Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette. He’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, and with the struggling Coyotes under a new majority owner it’s believed Vermette could be dealt at the trade deadline.

That opinion, however, could be hasty. ESPN.com’s Craig Custance cites an unnamed NHL GM saying Vermette’s status is currently in a holding pattern, claiming Coyotes management still hopes to re-sign the 32-year-old center. Read more