According to a report from St. Louis Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, legendary NHL goaltender Martin Brodeur is stepping down from his role as assistant general manager and leaving the Blues organization after four years.
Brodeur shocked the world when he signed a one year, pro rated contract with the Blues in December, 2014 after 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils. Brodeur would go on to play just seven games with the Blues that season, but he’d stay on with the organization past retirement, serving as general manager Doug Armstrong’s right hand man. With Brodeur’s contract expiring in June, there’s been speculation amongst both that Blues and Devils organization that he would re-join his old team as Devils GM Ray Shero’s assistant. No word yet on that potential development.
Brodeur has also been linked to the Montreal Canadiens in rumors and, seemingly, every other open GM position this offseason. “It’s always nice to hear your name, but it’s something I’m not really looking forward to move on to take bigger roles,” Brodeur said back in June. “Just being on the sidelines is good for me for now. I’ve got an 8-year-old (Max) at home, so I’ve got to spend a little time with him.”
Still, don’t expect Brodeur to fade away from the game entirely, he’s far too competitive for that. “It’s been a good transition to stay close to the game and that’s what I wanted from my retirement,” he said.
“There’s times, … especially when it takes you 21 hours to get back from Finland, you’re like ‘seriously, are you doing this?’” Brodeur admitted. “But that’s the work that I’m willing to put in to see if I’m going to enjoy this part of the job. Everybody has done it, all the GMs and scouts and player personnel, they’ve done that work. I feel that I can’t short-side myself on this. I’ve got to try to do as much as I can, and then after three years, I’ll re-evaluate and see if it’s something I like. So far it’s been really fun and it keeps me busy.”
For what it’s worth, the Devils already have an experienced assistant general manager in Tom Fitzgerald. But, it’s interesting to note that former VP of Hockey Operations Steve Pellegrini left to join former Devils GM Lou Lamoriello in his new job with the New York Islanders. As of now, this role has yet to be filled by the Devils organization. Could Marty be the perfect fit? Stay tuned.