Martin Brodeur has given up his mad quest to continue goaltending. He will remain with the Blues organization.
It's been four games now, and it has not gotten any easier to process the sight of Martin Brodeur in a Blues uniform. Many more games like last night's, though, and we won't have to see it much longer.
Martin Brodeur's 688th win capped a celebratory and mournful night in Newark, as fans sent off the face of their franchise with a tentative goodbye. Unlike Teemu Selanne, who was in a situation where he could run up the odometer and exit at a time of his own choosing, Brodeur may have just run out of gas before he was…
Former bad hockey player Sean Avery participated ever-so-briefly on this season's Dancing With The Stars, getting eliminated after one week. His old nemesis Martin Brodeur had something to say about his performance. So naturally Avery fired right back, and goddamnit here we go again.
Last night's win over the Red Wings, his 684th all-time, was either Martin Brodeur's last start as a Devil, or his last start as a Devil until Friday (when NJ takes on Detroit again in the first half of back-to-backs). So no one knew quite how to act.
Martin Brodeur called the makeshift rink at Yankee Stadium "the worst ice I ever played hockey on," and given a 21-year career, that's saying something. No other player on either team had such harsh words for the ice, but, then, no other player got yanked after giving up six goals in two periods.
It's something like the end of an era: Someone other than Marty Brodeur will man the pipes for the Devils on opening night, breaking an 18-season (20-year) streak. The team announced that new acquisition Cory Schneider will start tomorrow night at Pittsburgh, with Brodeur back in net on Friday against the Islanders.
Congratulations to Marty Brodeur for winning the NHL 14 cover vote, and congratulations to his biggest Twitter fan.
As they do each year, the folks at EA Sports are conducting a fan vote to select the cover player for NHL 14. It's come down to Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, probably in line for the Vezina, and Devils legend Marty Brodeur. Fans can vote on Twitter with a specific hashtag. Sometimes this goes very wrong.
Hyping the cover vote for NHL 14, the league reached back to that old 16-bit crowd-pleaser, NHL '94, to make this adorable video. It's appropriate because one of the finalists is the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur, the only active goalie whose NHL career is older than the video game.
This is one way to come back from an injury. Early in the first period, the Devils were called for a penalty so, as teams always do, Carolina pulled the goalie to get a man advantage until New Jersey could possess the puck. It's a pretty fail-safe strategy in that it's virtually impossible for anything bad to happen…
It's something of a treat when a serious literary concern, such The New York Times Magazine, heads to the rink to cover the NHL. Like a highbrow SportsCenter, this corner of the media never pays puck much regard. So: how is Charles McGrath's new profile of Martin Brodeur? It starts like this:
Two images captured the past, present, future of the Devils: the puck skittering harmlessly away from Kovalchuk's stick in the shootout, and Brodeur looking on in street clothes. It's a changing of the guard, but we never imagined they could be bad.
In sports, everyone is a winner—some people just win better than others. Like the Sacramento Kings, who showed up two-and-a-half quarters late (like the fans at a Miami Heat game) and still managed to pull out a win.
It's one thing to give up the game-tying goal in the last 1:20 of a Game 7, but to give up a game-tying and game-winning goal in the last 1:20—that's probably going to haunt you.