Why Starting Martin Brodeur Could Destroy St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup Chances

December 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

The St. Louis Blues made waves a few days ago when they brought all-time NHL wins leader Martin Brodeur in for some practices with the team.

On Tuesday, the team decided it had seen enough and agreed to a contract with the legendary goaltender:

The pact between Brodeur and the Blues is entirely unsurprising. After all, the team wouldn’t have brought him in for practices if it wasn’t 99 percent convinced that it wanted to add him to its roster. What was surprising—shocking even—was the statement that Ken Hitchcock made on the team’s official website.  

“If he’s here, he’s going to play,” Hitchcock told Chris Pinkert. “We’ll figure out what game it is and what games they are, but if he’s here, he’s going to play. He’s not going to back up.”

In some quarters, that statement was greeted positively. Goaltending expert Kevin Woodley, a regular contributor to NHL.com and InGoal Magazine, tweeted that Brodeur’s mental approach made this a necessary decision for Hitchcock:
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