Martin Brodeur, owner of 1,259 games played in between the pipes, will make his debut as a St. Louis Blue tonight in Nashville, as the Blues face their division rivals for first place in the Central Division. All of those games played were with the New Jersey Devils, and are tops in NHL history for a goaltender.
After 21 seasons with the Devils, Brodeur was signed to a one-year contract by the Blues on Tuesday to help the team after the injury to starter Brian Elliott on November 25. It is unknown at this time whether Brodeur or backup goalie Jake Allen will get the bulk of the playing time for the Blues. Allen struggled in a 4-1 loss to the division rival Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday evening. It is also unknown what the status of either player will be once Elliott returns to action. There is currently no timetable for his return.
Brodeur not only holds the record for most games played for a goalie, he also holds the record for wins with 688 and shutouts with 124. He is a ten-time All-Star, five-time Jennings Trophy winner, four-time Vezina Trophy winner, three-time Stanley Cup winner and one-time Calder Trophy winner. The 42-year old Montreal native last played on April 13, a 3-2 Devils win over the Boston Bruins. After the Devils missed the playoffs, Brodeur did not re-sign with the team in the summer.