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Martin Brodeur to retire, join Blues front office

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Goaltender Martin Brodeur, whose 691 wins and 125 shutouts are most in NHL history, will announce his retirement and join the front office of the St. Louis Blues, the team announced Tuesday.

The Blues will hold a press conference at Scottrade Center on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET with Brodeur, who signed a one-year contract with the Blues on Dec. 3 after a knee injury to starting goalie Brian Elliott left them short at the position.

Brodeur has been away from the Blues for the past two weeks on a leave of absence to ponder what he wanted to do with his career. He had fallen to third on the depth chart after Elliott returned earlier this month and the opportunities to play had dried up considerably.

He was 3-3-0 with a 2.87 goals against average in seven games with the Blues.

"It's been an honor to have called Martin Brodeur a teammate," Elliott tweeted Tuesday. "One of the best that has ever played. Sad to see him leave the game."

Brodeur played 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, but did not re-sign with them this summer as the team committed to Cory Schneider as the No. 1 goalie.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday he spoke to both Brodeur and Blues GM Doug Armstrong about Brodeur taking a front-office job with the Blues and that he supported the move. Lamoriello said he expects the job to be for the rest of the season and that Brodeur is welcome to rejoin the Devils in a front-office role at any time after that.

"He could have come here if he wanted," Lamoriello told NJ Advance Media. "I don't think this is a case of him choosing (between the two organizations). He's been there with the players. The (Blues) players and administration asked him to stay. He had an impact in the dressing room."

Lamoriello told NJ Advance media he is confident that Brodeur will rejoin the organization at some point soon.

"Marty is a very loyal guy in both ways," Lamoriello said. "They gave him an opportunity (to play). There are a lot of things going through his mind right now. He'll be back with the Devils."

Brodeur's final win and shutout came Dec. 29 for the Blues against the Colorado Avalanche, coached by Patrick Roy, whose wins record Brodeur broke.

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