What’s Next for Martin Brodeur and Blues

What’s Next for Martin Brodeur and Blues
Pavel Kofman

The winningest goaltender in NHL history may be sticking around St. Louis for a while. To the surprise of some people, on Monday Jeremy Rutherford of The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that Martin Brodeur may be staying with the organization possibly in a more advanced role.

Brodeur signed with the Blues last November while starter Brian Elliott was hurt. He played seven games going 3-3 with a 2.87 goals-against average. Once Elliott returned, Brodeur decided to retire and take a front office job as special assistant to Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong.

The shift to the Blues front office seemed to be temporary for Brodeur, who is beloved within the New Jersey Devils organization after playing 21 years there. Devils President and Brodeur’s longtime friend Lou Lamoriello even said that Marty would have a job with the Devils whenever he’s ready.

However, things may have changed when Lamoriello decided to reduce his role with the team, stepping down as Devils General Manager and staying as the team president.

Brodeur recently discussed his next move with NorthJersey.com write Tom Gulitti. The legendary goaltender said he was surprised by Lamoriello’s decision to step down as GM and that he thinks the organization is going in a different direction under Shero. That opens the door for the Blues to retain the Hall of Fame goaltender’s services and tutelage for a few more years.

Nothing will be made official until Doug Armstrong returns next week from the World Championships in the Czech Republic. But if Brodeur does stay, the partnership could be extremely beneficial for both sides.

As senior adviser to the GM, Brodeur’s first task would be to get ready for the 2015 NHL draft. He will be Doug Armstrong’s shadow and right-hand man, learning the workings of a GM if Brodeur decides to run his own NHL team someday. The experience of being on the other side of the draft and scouting out talent will give Brodeur an idea of what it could be like as an NHL GM. Several players that Brodeur faced in his career are now working in NHL front offices, such as Tampa GM Steve Yzerman and New York Islanders GM Garth Snow.

Perhaps the most valuable area the Blues can use Brodeur is mentoring young goaltender Jake Allen.

Brodeur has an opportunity to turn Allen into a winner and perhaps even a Stanley Cup winner like him. He’ll first have to help Allen forget about a rough end to his 2015 season, losing games 5 and 6 to Minnesota while giving up some weak goals. So far Allen has said all the right things and appears poised to be the starting goaltender heading into next season.

Despite ending on a sour note in games 5 and 6, Allen showed glimpses of the solid goaltender he can grow to be. He finished his first career playoff season with a 2.20 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Allen was tough to beat in games 1-4 and often times did not get the offensive support from his teammates to help him out. The Blues’ loss to Minnesota in the first round was not his fault.

Having experienced plenty of playoff exits in his career, Brodeur has the chance to teach Jake Allen how to overcome adversity and move forward. What better teacher for Allen to have than the all-time NHL leader in wins, shutouts, a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, and three-time Stanley Cup Champion.

Brodeur’s presence has already seemed to rub off on Jake Allen. After Brodeur hung up his skates, Jake Allen put in extra time in practice and learned everything he could from Brodeur. That was evident in several games this season with Allen making saves with the two-pad stack as well as handling the puck more out of the crease. It will only benefit the Blues if Jake Allen bases his game on one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. The Blues just hope he may accomplish one-third of the things Brodeur managed to do in his legendary career, especially the part about winning a Stanley Cup.

Ultimately Brodeur will most likely return to the Devils organization, but before he does, the Blues will enjoy the ride, having the legend in their building for as long as he wants to stay.

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Pavel Kofman

Pavel Kofman is a writer based in St. Louis, Missouri. He has written and covered various sports teams including the St. Louis Blues, Green Bay Packers, and Michigan State Spartans. But his one true passion is covering the NHL. Pavel has worked in the media for 10 years writing for Scout.com, ChatSports and more recently in sports radio and TV news. Carrying a true hockey name, Pavel was born in Moscow and speaks fluent Russian.

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