When I heard about legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur possibly putting on the Note and blocking a few shots for the Blues, I didn’t know what to think. I grabbed my legs to see if they were awake. I refreshed the page. Looked around. Here is a guy with 688 wins and 113 playoff wins. That alone gets you inside any door of a team in need of a goaltender. That is a passport and excess into any “big deal” club in the league. Marty is legit and his skills didn’t diminish in 2013-14 with the New Jersey Devils. He was 19-14 with a 2.51 goals against average and a save percentage of .901. He is 42 years old and the Devils chose Cory Schneider over Brodeur. The team he spent 22 years with guarding their pipes behind their players wanted to part ways. He received no offers in the offseason. He was probably ice fishing on a pond somewhere in Montreal when his cell phone rang this week that the Blues may need a body in net.
That’s how it happens in sports. You could be holding a clipboard one minute and suddenly be asked to carry the weight of the world during the next minute. You could be sitting on your couch thinking about painting the walls in your living room and suddenly be called by a General Manager. Blues GM Doug Armstrong had no problem bringing Marty in. Here are a few reasons why it works.