PHT- The St. Louis Blues are at a crossroads as an organization, but one thing seems to be clear: Martin Brodeur is rising up their executive ranks. The team signed him to a three-year contract to be their assistant general manager on Wednesday.
After playing a few regular season games with the Blues in 2014-15, Brodeur moved into a role as a “special adviser” during that same campaign. The 43-year-old told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that such a job merely made him want more.
“I really enjoyed it, but we had a conversation that I’d like to do more,” Brodeur said. “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.”
Listen, I can't sit here you and tell you I know all the inner working of the Devils front office. I can't tell you I know every intricacy of the relationship between long time General Manager Lou Lamoniello and the most successful player in franchise history, Martin Brodeur. What I can tell you is that I am not ready to sully the names of the two people most responsible for building the winning culture of the New Jersey Devils franchise. Especially when that criticism is due to a player accepting a role in another organization that he likely wasn't ready to be offered in New Jersey. Can we just think rationally for a second. Are we to believe there is some rift in loyalty between a franchise who's only flaw is that it is too loyal, and a goaltender that has repeatedly accepted less money than he was worth to stay with that very franchise? Do we think that after 20 years of success and unlimited playing time that he now holds a grudge against the franchise that gave him an opportunity?
It's no secret that the new ownership of the Devils had a hand in the change in Lou's job description. You can spin that however you want, but it's not a decision that was made completely under his own volition. Is it crazy to think that maybe, just maybe, an ownership group that feels compelled to turn around the fortunes of the on-ice product isn't willing to turn to someone that has spent all of 3 months in a front office? Is it out of the realm of possibility that they just wanted to bring in experienced people that are already well versed in building a successful hockey team? You don't give the reigns to a rookie when your main concern is stability. Now, I don't know if Marty is ever coming back to this franchise, but I would like to believe it's only a matter of time. The fact is that right now is not that time. Who knows what can happen in three years? In three years Marty will have a better idea of how to run a franchise. In three years the Devils likely won't be in the middle of a transitional period. Call me the eternal optimistic, but I highly doubt a little bit of bad timing is enough to ruin a mutually beneficial relationship that has stood the test of multiple decades. It may sting to see his name associated with another team, but it's very possible the current situation is one that benefits both parties in the long run, not one that signals animosity between two entities who have always respected each other.