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from Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet,
Last week, the St. Louis Blues signed future Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur to a bonus-laden one-year contract—he earned $20,000 for his win Saturday. The interesting point wasn’t so much that Brodeur had found a major-league job, but rather in the Blues’ handling of the signing.
The team treated the addition of Brodeur not as the quiet add of a veteran backup, but rather as the coronation of a new starter. Head coach Ken Hitchcock told the Blues’ official website that Brodeur would play if he was on the roster, that “he’s not going to back up.” That same website was reworked so that anyone going to stlouisblues.com first landed on a full-page “Welcome Marty” graphic.
It’s an interesting tack for the team to take. While Brodeur’s career obviously commands tremendous respect, it isn’t at all clear that his current level of ability deserves an NHL contract, let alone the level of fanfare the Blues lavished on him. There really isn’t much history of goalies contributing meaningful games as they get into their 40s; even Hall of Famers aren’t immune to the ravages of time.
Two minutes, tripping.
Carl Gunnarsson did not return to the game and the Blues listed him with an upper-body injury. No penalty on the play.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
The St. Louis Blues have been pretty stingy defensively throughout the 2014-15 season -- they rank fifth in the league in goals against -- but coach Ken Hitchcock hasn't been pleased with what he's seen from his team in back-to-back losses.
After a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, the Blues again allowed too many breakdowns in their own end in their 4-3 defeat to the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators on Thursday.
Before the game, Hitchcock talked about the importance of playing "committed" in front of veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur in his Blues debut, so it's no wonder he wasn't happy with what he saw Thursday night. Brodeur failed to make a few critical saves, but his teammates didn't do him many favors, either.
read on for Custance on the Stars and LeBrun on the Senators/Alfredsson...
Martin Brodeur is expected to start tonight for the St. Louis Blues in Nashville.
What are your expectations?
Below, a snapshot of his 2013-14 regular season.
added 11:49am, from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
"I'm really appreciative to get an opportunity and I'll be really appreciative to get a game," Brodeur said in his most recent interview Wednesday afternoon, prior to the announcement of his start tonight. "I haven't skated in this kind of competition for about eight months. (But) it's been a great five days. The body is feeling pretty good for an old guy."
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“The game is 1-1, you’re in perfect position in the third period,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We just gave it to them. Made some checking mistakes, we just gave them the hockey game, bottom line. We put ourselves at 1-1, in a great spot, where you want to be on the road ... did a poor job checking down low, did a poor job slot coverage, can’t give that away. It’s 3-1 and it’s game over. We just gave them the hockey game, that’s what we did.”
more on the game...
18:26 CHI Michal Rozsival Elbowing against Vladimir Tarasenko
18:26 CHI Daniel Carcillo Misconduct (10 min)
via NHL YouTube channel,
St. Louis Blues captain David Backes and wife Kelly visit Nairobi, Kenya with the Starkey Hearing Foundation for a life-changing experience.
(Dec. 2, 2014) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed goaltender Martin Brodeur to a one-year contract
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch,
The Blues have yet to say how much time Brian Elliott could miss, but they announced in a press release Wednesday that the goaltender "will be sidelined with a lower-body injury."
Coach Ken Hitchcock said Elliott was "week-to-week."
"We'll kind of address it every Sunday and see how he is," Hitchcock said. "That's about as close as I can give you right now. He's had this type of injury before and has recovered quickly and nicely so we're hoping for the former but we don't want to say it's five or six days and then it's 14 so we'll leave it at that.
"If it was a skater, this would be moment to moment, but he's a goalie and you need your knees, especially if you're a butterfly goalie. We're not taking any risks here. We want him at 100 (percent) and Jake (Allen) can cover the load for a little while here."
Below, watch how Elliott was injured....
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