USA Today- Martin Brodeur is a retired New Jersey Devils legend, but nowadays he makes his money as an advisor to the St. Louis Blues.
On Tuesday night, the Blues were playing the Winnipeg Jets, but Brodeur was consumed by the Devils’ game against the Minnesota Wild that was playing on TV.
I tried to tell everyone when Marty signed with the Blues that it was just about continuing his playing career. I tried to tell them that his acceptance of a job in the St. Louis front office was merely him getting acclimated to being an executive before returning to New Jersey in the near future. I tried to tell them that his lack of kind words for the Devils during a Blues retirement press conference meant next to nothing. That if anything the oversight was his way of making his future retirement ceremony, the one that will take place in his home, The Prudential Center, that much more intimate and meaningful. Now I'm just here to tell you that I told you so. It's not worth being right if you don't get to tell people they were wrong.
Think about it, why else would Marty be watching this game? It wasn't some incredibly intriguing game. Other than a competitive first period the Devils all but soiled themselves for the better part of the night. The only reason that Marty would be watching that game intently is because he would flat out rather watch the Devils than the Blues. I've watched sporting events from suites at other sporting events. Know what the common theme was? I never gave a shit about the outcome of the game I was actually at. Don't tell me Marty would rather be a member of the Blues when he is about to strain a neck muscle to avoid watching the Blues in favor of a meaningless Devils game.
What's the one thing that you are destined to do when you start a new position? That's right, you're probably going to make a pretty blatant mistake. People will understand and most likely 'the new guy' won't get crucified for it, but a fuck up or two in a new work environment is nearly inevitable. Why would Marty risk making a costly misstep for a franchise whose success he is directly invested in? The St. Louis Blues job is just the rough draft before he starts working on the final product in New Jersey. It takes a lot more than losing your virginity to become a cocksman. Taking a job in middle America was was his way of saying that he wasn't prepared to have a valuable role in a successful organization. Marty didn't want a hand out from a franchise with a championship pedigree. He wanted to work his way up from the metaphorical mail room in STL. You don't get thrown in the deep end without throwing on some swimmies and turning the shallow end into your personal bathroom. You've got to walk before you can run, and it's pretty event the Devils organization plans on hitting the ground running next year.
It's good to know that Marty is just like all of us. More worried about catching up on his favorite teams instead of doing his job. I bet he sits in Blues meetings scrolling through Devils box scores and reading the Fire & Ice blog. Probably pulls up a separate tab to sneak in some Devils highlights between assignments. Poor St. Louis. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. You just keep molding that masterpiece so we can perfect it and rightfully make it ours.