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Martin Brodeur to retire from NHL, will join Blues' front office: report

01/27/2015 01:37 EST | Updated 03/29/2015 05:59 EDT
Martin Brodeur decided three was a crowd, so the St. Louis Blues goalie reportedly is hanging up his pads to join the NHL team’s front office in an executive role.

The 42-year-old, who took a leave of absence from the team on Jan. 14 to ponder his hockey future, expected to remain in the Blues' front office for the balance of the season.

The Blues will hold a news conference on Thursday, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

After leaving the New Jersey Devils and going unsigned last off-season, Brodeur arrived in St. Louis in late November on a one-week tryout and made his debut on Dec. 4 in a loss to Nashville as an injury fill-in for Brian Elliott, who returned to the lineup earlier this month. Jake Allen is the other Blues’ netminder.

Brodeur signed a one-year, $700,000 US deal with St. Louis that reportedly included playing bonuses, among them $10,000 for each point the Blues earned with Brodeur in goal.

In seven games for the 29-13-4 club, he sported a 3-3-0 record, 2.87 goals-against average and .899 save percentage after spending 21 seasons with New Jersey.

When he signed in St. Louis, Brodeur said he understood when the time would be right to leave the game as an active player.

"I just want to go out and enjoy the season and enjoy the winning way like I was able to in New Jersey for a lot of years," he told reporters at the time. "It's so much fun playing hockey when you win. I want to gain that back.

"Hopefully with the Blues it's going to be a long year still ahead."

For Brodeur, he'll just have a different perch while viewing games.

The Montreal native's final shutout was recorded on Dec. 29 against Colorado, a 16-save performance in his next-to-last start.​

With 691 victories, he is the NHL's all-time wins leader and boasts 125 shutouts, also a league record.

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