Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement from the NHL on Thursday. It is expected that Brodeur, a longtime New Jersey Devil, will join the St. Louis 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.
Brodeur played 21 seasons for the Devils, appearing in 1,259 games. Over his career, he posted an NHL record 691 wins, 140 more than the next closest goaltender. Brodeur also recently notched his 125th shutout, 22 more than the legendary Terry Sawchuk, whose record he broke in December 2009.
One of the best goaltenders to ever suit up in the league, Brodeur won four Vezina Trophies, three Stanley Cups, and two Olympic gold medals. He holds nearly every regular season goaltending record, and is the most iconic New Jersey Devil in the history of the franchise.
It is expected that Brodeur and the Blues will address his future at the press conference on Thursday. They will also reportedly announce his role in the front office. According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA, Brodeur will be named the team’s assistant GM. Longtime Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told Rich Chere that he supports the decision by the Blues to keep Brodeur on in that role.