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Martin Brodeur Named Blues Assistant GM: Latest Contract Details, Reaction

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2015

St. Louis Blues' Martin Brodeur takes part in a news conference to announce his retirement from the NHL Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in St. Louis. Brodeur finished his career with St. Louis after 21 seasons as goaltender with New Jersey. He will remain with the Blues as a senior adviser to general manager Doug Armstrong. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Legendary goalie Martin Brodeur was named the St. Louis Blues’ assistant general manager Wednesday under general manager Doug Armstrong, per the team’s official website.    

Brodeur, who was the senior adviser to the general manager in St. Louis before Wednesday’s official promotion, and the team agreed to a three-year contract.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Blues provided comments from Brodeur on May 21:

Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

Brodeur: "I'm really excited to join the organization. I had a good learning curve last season. I'm really excited about the opportunity."

St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

Brodeur: “I had a good learning curve last season after retirement. That led me to making a decision to stay long term here in St. Louis."

Brodeur actually played for the Blues for a stretch earlier this season when Brian Elliott was hurt and went 3-3 with one shutout in seven appearances. He retired in January as the NHL’s all-time leader in regular-season wins, shutouts, games played and minutes played. He also led the NHL in postseason starts and shutouts and won three Stanley Cups during his illustrious career.

By any statistical measure, Brodeur is one of the best goalies in the history of the sport, and he can serve as something of a mentor for goaltenders Elliott and Jake Allen moving forward from his new position.

While the front office is typically tasked with finding talent and building for the future, having an asset like Brodeur presents a golden opportunity for the current goalies to learn under a future Hall of Famer.

Brodeur discussed his desire to take on a larger role with the organization before the promotion, per Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I really enjoyed it, but we had a conversation that I'd like to do more. I want to learn as much as possible. I think it was a great opportunity for me to be around the team advising. But now after doing that for six months, I'd like to do a little more.”

Now he will have the opportunity to do just that.   

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