Goaltender Martin Brodeur, the National Hockey League’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts, has signed a one-year contact with the St. Louis Blues, the team announced on Tuesday.
The signing of Brodeur comes in the wake of a lower-body injury sustained by starting goaltender Brian Elliott.
The future Hall of Famer was cut by New Jersey earlier this year after 21 seasons with the Devils.
The 42-year-old netminder could make his St. Louis debut as early as Wednesday, when the Blues play the Chicago Blackhawks. They finish a back-to-back set Thursday in Nashville before visiting the Islanders on Saturday.
Brodeur begins his latest chapter after leading the Devils to three Stanley Cups. Selected in the first round of the 1990 NHL draft, Brodeur helped the Devils to three Stanley Cups posting a record 688 career wins and 124 shutouts in 21 seasons in New Jersey. In international competition, he won two Olympic gold medals for Canada in 2002 and 2010 Winter Games.
Trading in the red and black for the blue and yellow. Good for Marty. We have these preconceived notions in sports that players have to retire at the top of the game with the teams that they’re played with their entire careers. But why should they have to? Martin Brodeur has certainly earned the right to play as long as he wants. He’s arguably the best goalie in the history of the NHL. Sure, he’s nowhere close to the goalie he was when he was at the top of his game, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be able to play. The guy still loves the game and that’s great. It’s great for us to, we should be thankful for every game we get to see these legends play because you can’t be sure how many more will be as great as Marty.