Martin Brodeur has long been associated with the red of the New Jersey Devils, but fans might have to accept him in the color blue. The St. Louis Blues have come to terms on a tryout contract with Brodeur, the team announced on Wednesday evening.
Brodeur will workout with the team through early next week. If things go well, then he will be signed to a standard player contract, according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS. The Blues announced that they will address the media on Friday.
Brodeur, 42, played in more than 1,200 regular season games with the Devils and is regarded as the face of the franchise. However, as he began to age, it became clear that his time in New Jersey was starting to run out. This was made evident at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft when the Devils traded their first round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for goaltender Cory Schneider.
Brodeur had one-year remaining on his contract at the time and it was clear that Schneider was his heir-apparent. This generated a bit of tension, as Brodeur began hinting that he would be amiable to a trade near last season's trade deadline. He finished out his contract with the Devils but expressed that he would like one more shot at winning a Stanley Cup.
With that in mind, he has been training with his son's junior hockey team, the Gatineau Olympiques, while waiting on an NHL opportunity. With Brian Elliott listed as 'week-to-week' after sustaining a lower-body injury on Tuesday night, the Blues stepped forward. Jake Allen, 24, was expected to be the Blues starter but might now be in competition with Brodeur.
The Blues are expected to make a decision on committing to Brodeur by sometime next week.