January 29, 2015

Brodeur trades in his throat protector for a necktie. Top NHL goalie to take executive position within St. Louis Blues organization

New St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur talks with reporters after signing a one year deal with the team in Hazelwood, Missouri on December 2, 2014. Brodeur has played his entire National Hockey League career with the New Jersey Devils and is regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. The Blues number one goaltender, Brian Elliott is Òweek-to-weekÓ with a lower-body injury.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

New St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur talks with reporters after signing a one year deal with the team in Hazelwood, Missouri on December 2, 2014.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Martin Brodeur, one of the most decorated goaltenders in NHL history, officially announced his retirement as a player during a press conference at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday.  The 42 year old was A 10-time NHL All-Star, with three Stanley Cup titles to his name and he was a Vezina Trophy winner four times and the Jennings Trophy winner five times.

Brodeur, who played with the St. Louis Blues this season, will remain with the organization and was named as senior advisor to general manager Doug Armstrong.

“This is a great day for me,” Brodeur said. “I’m excited to start a new chapter in my hockey career. It’s something I’ve been thinking about.”

The Montreal native set records for wins, shutouts and games played by a goaltender while playing the first 21 years of a spectacular 22-year career for the New Jersey Devils.  He played in seven games with the Blues this year, going 3-3 with a 2.86 GAA.

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Martin Brodeur to retire after winning three games since joining the Blues. Will now join the club’s front office

St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur makes a glove save against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 29, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur makes a glove save against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 29, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Goaltender Martin Brodeur will retire with 691 wins and 125 shutouts, which are most in NHL history.  The Blues will hold a press conference at Scottrade Center on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. CT with Brodeur, to announce that the 42-year old will take a job in the Blues’ front office.

Brodeur signed a one-year contract with the Blues on Dec. 2 after a knee injury to starting goalie Brian Elliott.  Brodeur was 3-3-0 with a 2.87 GAA and .899 save percentage with the Blues.

Brodeur’s final shutout came Dec. 29 for the Blues in a 3-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche, coached by Patrick Roy, whose wins record Brodeur broke.

Brodeur finished his 22-year NHL career with a 691-397-176 record, a 2.24 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 1,266 appearances.

Blues defenseman Shattenkirk and forward Tarasenko log the most minutes at NHL All Star Game in Columbus (VIDEO)

Blues All-Stars--Vladimir Tarasenko, Brian Elliott and Kevin Shattenkirk (photo/Blues.NHL.com)

Blues All-Stars–Vladimir Tarasenko, Brian Elliott and Kevin Shattenkirk (photo/Blues.NHL.com)

The NHL All-Star game is never a good day for goalies when the objective is to give the fans a lot of action. A record 29 goals were scored and Blues goalie Brian Elliott, who played the third period, gave up six goals.

“It’s always tough for the goalies.  You gotta have fun with it and try to make a couple of saves and just kind of be amazed by some of the moves you see out there…amazing players,” said Elliott.

His teammate on Team Foligno, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored a goal and added an assist. He logged a game high 22 minutes of ice time.  Their teammate Vladimir Tarasenko was actually their opponent and Team Toews. He played 20 minutes, the most of any forward in the All-Star game and had four assists.

Watch Shattenkirk’s goal–video courtesy NHL.com

The three reunite and hit the ice for the unofficial start of the second half of the regular season when the Blues host Nashville on Thursday.  The Predators lead St. Louis by four points in the Central Division with a game in hand.

Steen, Oshie and Backes help carry the Blues into the All-Star break having won seven of their last eight

St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen changes direction against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 19, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen changes direction against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 19, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Alexander Steen, T.J. Oshie and David Backes, the Blues’ top line, combined for four points against the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-1 victory at Scottrade Center on Monday.  Steen had two assists to extend his point streak to 10 games (seven goals, 11 assists). Oshie scored a goal and has 16 points in his past 12 games, and Backes had an assist to extend his point streak to seven games (seven goals, seven assists).  The Steen-Backes-Oshie line has 53 points in the past 12 games and the Blues are 7-0-1 in their past eight.

Goalie Brian Elliott made 17 saves and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson scored for the Blues, who finish the season 4-1-0 against Colorado.

The Blues (29-13-4), are an NHL-best plus-37 in goal differential, and have pulled within two points of first-place Nashville in the Central Division. They are off until Jan. 29 when the host the Predators.  They are 5-0-1 during their seven-game homestand.

 

Brian Elliott starting to get into a groove as Blues look to head into the All-Star break on a roll

St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott gets his stick on the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs Mike Santorelli tries to find the handle in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Janaury 17, 2015.    Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott gets his stick on the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs Mike Santorelli tries to find the handle in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Janaury 17, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Alex Steen pushed his points streak to nine games with a goal and an assist. Brian Elliott picked up his 19th shutout with the Blues in a 3-0 win over Toronto on Saturday. The Blues moved ahead of Chicago into second place in the division, just four points behind Nashville, who is without their star goalie Pekka Rinne for the next four-five weeks. The Blues continue their six game home stand tonight against Colorado and then Thursday night with the Predators before the All-Star break.

Elliott, who leads the NHL with a 1.90 goals-against average and is fourth with a .929 save percentage, made 15 of his 27 saves in the first period of Saturday’s game against Toronto.  Elliott missed nearly five weeks after sustaining a knee sprain Nov. 25 against the Ottawa Senators. Since his return, he’s played in seven games and he’s starting to look like the goalie to Blues coach Ken Hitchcock saw before the injury, telling NHL.com,  “This is, for me, the best he’s played; not just because he got a shutout, but this is the best he’s played since coming back from the injury, for sure. He had work today because we gave up odd-man rushes. We don’t normally do that, but we gave up some. They were interesting odd-man rushes because that’s the first time in a long time where we played a team that was able to create turnovers in their own zone that led to odd-man rushes. He had some saves he had to make today.”

Elliott’s 19 white washes are one less than the franchise record held by Jaroslav Halak.

“I just wanted to kind of take the ‘no prisoners’ approach,” Elliott said. “Just go out there and worry about my own game and everybody else takes care of the rest outside of me, and I was able to do that.”