The St. Louis Blues have reportedly signed veteran goalie Martin Brodeur on a tryout basis. The move comes shortly after Blues starting goalie Brian Elliot suffered an injury and no timeline has been released on his return. Brodeur begins practice with the team today and is delighted to finally have an opportunity to play again.
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Backup Blues goalie Jack Allen will be delighted with the signing as well. Now he’ll get to benefit from learning from one the best goalies to ever enter the National Hockey League. Brodeur holds the record for most wins and shutouts at 394 wins in 688 games. He’s won three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and carried Team Canada to a gold medal victory in 2002. And at 42, Brodeur still has plenty to offer his new team.
That being said, the management staff made it quite clear to Allen that he will not lose his job to Brodeur, nor Elliot his when he returns from injury. This is strictly a move to take some of the pressure off Allen and balance out the work load. Brodeur was a wanted man by many teams in the league. However, he chose to go out west because he didn’t want to have to face his old team. This is quite understandable given the legacy he left in New Jersey. And now Brodeur can concentrate on ending his career and helping the Blues win games.
At first, I was shocked by this move. St. Louis is one of the last teams that need’s another goalie. Allen has done really well this season, posting a record of 6-2-1 and Jordan Binnington has been called up from the minors as well. I would’ve liked to see Binnington get one game in before this move was made.
Binnington has been playing really well for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. He’s posted a record of 6-2-1, which is good enough for fourth place in the AHL’s top goalie rankings. The Blues management could’ve easily waited and put some trust and confidence in Binnington to help him prove his worth. Now Binnington will likely just be a benchwarmer, which isn’t really fair. Regardless, both these young goalies will benefit from the leadership skills, knowledge and experience that Marty has accumulated over his legendary career.
He’ll be able to teach them how to bounce back from a tough loss or deal with the pressure that playoff hockey brings. I don’t see how the Blues will be able to keep Brodeur in the long run, but at least hockey fans everywhere will get to see Marty play again. On paper, this move will seem like a steal to fans and other teams. It will be interesting to see how much an impact this move will have for the Blues.