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from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet,
It seldom ends in a nice, neat package any more, because we are in sports Viagra era.
We live longer and our idols tend to perform at passable or better levels for longer periods of time because of better training, nutrition, medicine, travel — and, drug-testing often being half a step behind the cheaters, sometimes chemical intervention.
Go hard, don’t worry about going home.
It’s still said that if Wayne Gretzky can be traded, than anyone can be traded. True. The addendum is that if Gretzky can play out the string with the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues, than anyone ought to be able to play out the string for whomever and for however long they want.
Still, watching Martin Brodeur retire from the NHL on Thursday surrounded by the logo and colours of a team for which he’s played all of seven games seemed a little much, even by todays standards of disposability.
He’s a New Jersey Devil — no, he IS the New Jersey Devils.
continued which includes an interview Elliotte Friedman did with Brodeur today...
(Jan. 29, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that in conjunction with his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL), Martin Brodeur will remain with the Blues as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager.
Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement today at a press conference in St. Louis.
The conference is scheduled to begin at 11:30am ET and you can watch it below...
from Steve Dangle of Sportsnet,
Some players just look weird wearing certain jerseys. Jarome Iginla has gone around the league a bit now, but do you remember the first time you saw him in a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey? Ew, right? It was like seeing Bobby Orr in a Chicago Blackhawks jersey, which actually happened. It was like seeing Darryl Sittler in a Detroit Red Wings jersey. Yes, that also happened. Mats Sundin in a Vancouver Canucks jersey? I do my best to pretend that never happened.
With Martin Brodeur announcing his retirement from playing in the NHL today, he joins a special list of players who randomly played with the St. Louis Blues. The best part about this list is that I probably forgot some players because their time with the Blues was so forgettable.
CHRIS OSGOOD – 76 Games (plus 12 in the playoffs)
You probably remember Chris Osgood as the Detroit Red Wings goalie who everyone argues about on Twitter and wore a tiny helmet. You might even vaguely remember him as a member of the New York Islanders if you’re a Leafs fan from that time the Leafs injured pretty much all the Islanders’ better players en route to a game seven victory. Guess what? He played in 76 games for the St. Louis Blues between the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. His one full season with the Blues in 2003-04 was actually one of his better ones with 31 wins and a save percentage of .910.
(Jan. 27, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that goaltender Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) on Thursday at Scottrade Center. Armstrong also stated that Brodeur will remain with the organization in a management role. The Blues will hold a press conference for the announcement on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and attendees will include Brodeur, Armstrong and Blues Hall-of-Famers Bernie Federko, Brett Hull and Al MacInnis. Neither the Blues or Brodeur will comment on the announcement until Thursday’s press conference.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Martin Brodeur is stepping away from the crease and joining the St. Louis Blues front office, Sportsnet has learned.
The NHL’s all-time winningest goalie made the decision after taking a break from the NHL team to ponder his future. Two sources confirmed that Brodeur took the Blues up on the offer of an executive role.
added 1:35pm, via Rich Chere tweets,
Lou Lamoriello says Martin Brodeur will be back with Devils but will finish this season in Blues' front office.
Lamoriello: "He could've come here if he wanted."
"...to stay. I certainly understand. Marty and I have been in constant contact."
from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In his third NHL season, the Russian right winger has become the Blues’ go-to player. His 24 goals, which rank fifth in the league, include four game-winners and five that were either scored in overtime or the last 10 minutes of the third period when the difference in the score was one goal or less.
The Blues have not seen the likes of Tarasenko since Brett Hull roamed the rink in St. Louis. Tarasenko is on pace for 42 goals, a far cry from Hull’s career-high 86, but gone are those high-scoring days in the NHL and plus, he’s just getting started.
“He is unselfish, has a very high hockey IQ and has a cannon for a shot,” Hull said. “He’s going to be a star because of his skills.”
In 46 games this season, Tarasenko has already set personal bests in goals and points (47), the type of production that will see him, at just 23 years old, play in his first All-Star Game Sunday at Nationwide Arena.
Surveying everyone from fellow NHL stars to league scouts, Tarasenko’s trajectory is one that many believe will continue trending upward.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
As Hitchcock said: the Blues are good, but there’s more to do. “There’s times when guys say ‘Is he ever happy? Is he ever pleased?’ It’s not that,” Hitchcock said. “It has nothing to do with that. It has everything to do with moving the process forward. Playing and marching. Playing and marching. And keeping the team focused.”
Nearing the NHL All-Star break, the Blues are in an interesting spot. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a Blues lineup with this dosage of firepower.
But the Blues have been dragged down by a few negatives including their indifference (until recently) in the sweaty task of killing penalties.
The Blues also have a tendency to get frustrated when opponents apply tenacious checking. And when they feel pressured, the Blues resort to going for “home runs” — to use Hitchcock’s term — instead of leaning on a foundation of hard labor and discipline.
That’s a big reason behind their mediocre record against the NHL’s better squads. The firepower is a tremendous asset. But it’s often nullified by the desperation born out of frustration, with players getting careless with the puck and turning it over in an impatient thrust to make magic.
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has given goaltender Martin Brodeur a one-week leave of absence from the team.
Brodeur will rejoin the club in one week and his future will be addressed at that time.
The 42-year-old Montreal, Quebec native has appeared in seven games for the Blues this season, posting a 3-3-0 record to go along with a 2.87 goals-against average, a .899 save-percentage and one shutout.
The Blues and Brodeur will have no further comment at this time.
"There's some high-end players on our team that really have to pick it up, and there's also some role players that have to pick it up. We all have to grow as a group, and we have to get better in a lot of areas if we expect to compete against teams like St. Louis."
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks, after a 7-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. More on the game from David Pollak of the Mercury News.
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