USATSI_8269494_154158418_lowresSt. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur has been given a one week leave of absence in order to “ponder his future,” the team said.

“Brodeur will rejoin the club in one week and his future will be addressed at that time,” the Blues said in the announcement.

In seven games with the Blues, Brodeur posted a 3-3-0 record with a 2.87 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. For the past five games, he’s been a healthy scratch. This was due in large part to the return of Brian Elliot from injury, which bumped Brodeur down the depth chart with Jake Allen also in the picture.

The Blues took a gamble on Brodeur when Elliot went down with his injury in November. The 42-year-old had a tryout with the team and then signed a one year deal in December.

It’s no secret that this whole “ponder the future” business is likely to spur retirement consideration from Brodeur, the winningest goalie in National Hockey League history. He has 691 wins to his name, with a record 125 shutouts and a lifetime save percentage of .912. He also has a lifetime 2.24 goals against average.

Brodeur is a three-time Stanley Cup champ and a four-time Vezina winner. He spent the first 20 seasons of his career with the New Jersey Devils and one has to imagine he would’ve wished to retire as a member of that team, but sometimes things don’t go as planned.

His future with the Blues is uncertain at best, but the word around the campfire is that he’s pretty much done. If Brodeur officially announces his retirement a week from now (give or take), it will set the sun on one of the sport’s finest careers. It may not have ended with another run at the Cup, but at least he went down swinging.

As of right now, there’s a whole lot of thinking going on for one of the greatest players of all time. However this ends up, it’s safe to say we’ll soon be seeing another great walk away from the game.

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