Jake Allen better give him goalposts an extra tap before his next game.
The St. Louis Blues goaltender dodged embarrassment of epic proportions on Friday when a wobbly golf shot of a dump-in nearly skipped past him and into the net.
The St. Louis Blues hosted the official retirement announcement of legendary goalie Martin Brodeur Thursday, and although he only played seven games for the franchise – after spending the previous 1,259 regular-season games with the New Jersey Devils – the surefire first-ballot Hockey Hall-of-Famer used the occasion to reflect with the Blues on his staggeringly successful career and his decision to hang up his skates and pads for good at age 42. Read more
Martin Brodeur’s 125th and final NHL shutout, with the exception of the fact it was recorded with the St. Louis Blues, was a fairly routine affair. He faced just 16 shots and made a couple of big stops in the first period, but in general terms had a fairly easy night.
Brodeur’s critics will try to diminish his laundry list of accomplishments by saying that Brodeur had far too many nights like that during his career, that he was the beneficiary of playing for teams that played defensive hockey with a religious zeal and didn’t allow chances, either in high number or high quality, that most other goaltenders had to face.
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
The busy season continues, with lots to report on in the prospect world. The CHL Top Prospects Game was last week, while the North American League Prospects Tournament field was just announced. Toss in the American League’s All-Star Game and there’s a lot to cover off, so let’s look at some of the kids we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is known around the NHL to be fond of working well in advance of the NHL trade deadline, so news he had made another move Tuesday night was not terribly surprising. What was, though, was the deal he made, sending useful center Marcel Goc to St. Louis in exchange for rugged center Maxim Lapierre.
The 31-year-old Goc, who came to Pittsburgh late last season from Florida, had become a dependable penalty-killer under coach Mike Johnston – he led the team’s forwards in average PK time (3:00) in 43 games this year – and Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will be licking his chops looking forward to utilizing him. Coming to the Penguins in return is the 29-year-old Lapierre, who was averaging only 10:21 per game in St. Louis. He’s spent time on the Blues’ PK, but he’s clearly coming over to give the Pens more toughness and edge. Read more
Veteran right winger Radek Dvorak, who played 1,260 career regular-season NHL games with eight teams over 18 years, retired Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Dvorak was drafted by the Florida Panthers 10th overall in 1995, and developed into a solid, if unspectacular forward who could play defense (he still holds Florida’s team record for most shorthanded goals, with 16). He had a 31-goal campaign for the Rangers in 2000-01, but never scored more than 20 in a single season after that. Having had two separate stints with the team, he’s second in Panthers franchise history in games played (613), but also spent time with the Blueshirts, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes. And he represented his homeland at the 2002 Olympics, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and numerous IIHF World Championships. Read more
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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