Martin Brodeur has put off retirement in the hope a Cup-contending team might offer him one more chance to win a championship. On Wednesday, he got his wish – sort of – when he and the Blues agreed to a de facto tryout.
Former Devils goalie Martin Brodeur hasn’t been willing to retire, hoping some NHL team with a legitimate shot at a Stanley Cup would take a chance on a 42-year-old in the twilight of a Hall of Fame career. And on Wednesday, he got his wish. Kind of.
Brodeur agreed to a de facto tryout with the St. Louis Blues, who are in need of some veteran help after No. 1 netminder Brian Elliott sprained his knee Tuesday against Ottawa. There is no time frame established for his return, and given that his backup is youngster Jake Allen, it’s understandable why GM Doug Armstrong would be on the hunt for someone with the experience/winning pedigree Brodeur can boast of.
However, the Blues didn’t exactly commit to Brodeur for any great length of time. They want to take a closer look over the next seven days to check under the hood before signing him.
Martin Brodeur will practice with the Blues for a week. If everything goes well, he will sign a contract. #tvasports
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) November 26, 2014
Of course, it’s beyond debate that Brodeur no longer is the player he was while winning Cups in New Jersey, and although there’s some chance he beats the odds and returns to form to help St. Louis win its first-ever championship, there’s just as much, if not more of a chance he either doesn’t get signed at all, or does and continues his pattern of increased ineffectiveness. But regardless of how it turns out, he’s earned the right to go out on his own terms.