The St. Louis Blues have signed veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur to a one-year contract worth $700,000.
Brodeur spent the past few days in St. Louis on a tryout after the Blues lost their starting goaltender Brian Elliot to a lower-body injury. He is out on a week-to-week basis.
Brodeur, 42, spent his entire NHL career in New Jersey with the Devils who drafted him as the first overall pick in 1990. He became a free agent at the end of the 2013-2014 season when the Devils decided to turn to Cory Schneider as their starting goalie.
During the summer, Martin Brodeur said that he would be willing to explore options as he searched for his 700th win in the NHL. He currently needs 12 more wins to reach his goal. He also said he was also looking for a team with potential to play for the Stanley Cup.
The Blues sit as the second seed in the Central Division only behind Nashville. Both teams have 34 points going into December.
Last season in New Jersey, Brodeur played in 39 games for the Devils, accumulating a 19-14-6 record. He finished with a 2.51 goals against average, a .901 save percentage and three shutouts.
Throughout his 21 seasons, he has won numerous awards and currently holds the most regular season NHL goaltending records. The future Hall-of-Famer has compiled a 688-394-176, making him the winningest goalie of all time. In addition, he has a 2.24 goals against average and 9.12 save percentage.
Some of Brodeur’s other accomplishments through his career include:
- Most shutouts in the league with 124
- Most games played with 1,259
- Most minutes played with 74,083
- Most postseason starts with 204
- Most postseason shutouts with 24
- In his first season with the Devils, he won the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year
- He has appeared in 10 NHL All-Star Games
- Four-time Vezina Trophy winner (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008)
- Five-time Jennings Trophy recipient (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2010),
- Led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals five times, winning in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
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