The 42-year-old is set to join the Blues on Friday for a morning skate before they take on the Edmonton Oilers. Brodeur has a week of practice with the team schedule, at which point they’ll make a decision on whether or not to sign him to a contract.
The Blues have also recalled goalie Jordan Binnington from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.
“I think we looked at our schedule and we’re playing four games a week,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We have [Binnington] in the American Hockey League who’s just getting his career started. We’ve got [Niklas Lundstrom with the Alaska Aces] in the East Coast Hockey League who’s just getting his career started, and we’ve got [Jake Allen] in the NHL who’s getting his career started. In fairness to all three goalies, they need to have some support. Marty offers, depending on how he looks, he offers organizational support. I have a background with him, so we know each other.”
The Blue say Elliot won’t require surgery, but he is looking to be out for an undetermined amount of time and that could mean a period of adjustment. Having Brodeur in the fold gives them some veteran presence while they work out which young goaltender to place their trust in.
Brodeur has been out of a job since this past summer, as the New Jersey Devils refused to offer him a contract. In 21 seasons with them, he won an NHL-best 688 games with a career 2.24 goals against average. He has been working out on his own and has been waiting for opportunity to knock again.
“It’s an opportunity for him to practice and be around an NHL team and it’s an opportunity for us to take a look at him,” Hitchcock said. “In fairness to Jake, it gives him some stable support behind him if it works out with Marty.”
Elliot has been 8-4-1 through 14 seasons, posting a third overall .931 save percentage to go with a league-best 1.82 goals against average. He was re-signed by the Blues this past summer, inking a three year deal. As a result, the Blues aren’t taking any chances with this injury.
“Adrenaline’s flowing, but we’ve got to make sure,” Hitchcock said. “If it was a skater, this would be moment-to-moment. But he’s a goalie and you need your knees, especially if you’re a butterfly goalie. We’re not taking any risks here. We want him back at 100 [percent]. Jake can cover the load for a little while here.”