The St. Louis Blues have announced that goaltender Martin Brodeur has requested, and been granted, a one-week leave of absence from the team.
Things haven’t gone exactly according to plan for the 42-year-old netminder. After entering the off-season as an unrestricted free agent and failing to land a contract, the Blues signed Brodeur to a one-year deal in early December when St. Louis’ starting goaltender, Brian Elliott, went down with injury.
In seven games with the Blues this season, Brodeur has played far worse than any other point in his career. He has posted a 3-3-0 record, 2.87 goals-against average, and .899 save percentage. This comes on the heels of his 2013-14 season with the New Jersey Devils, which had been one of the worst of his career.
Since Elliott’s return from injury, Brodeur has been relegated to third string duties, watching from the press box while sitting behind Elliott and rookie Jake Allen on the depth chart. With the Minnesota Wild making a trade for goaltender Devan Dubnyk late Wednesday afternoon, it takes away one of Brodeur’s most obvious landing spots, and could be a sign that there are no takers for the future Hall of Famer at this time.
There has been no further comment made by the Blues or Brodeur regarding his leave of absence, but there’s a good possibility this is an opportunity for the veteran goaltender to reassess his future.
According to the release, Brodeur and the Blues will address the netminder’s future with the team when he returns to St. Louis in one week’s time.