Martin Brodeur's stint as a goalie coach has come to an end

The St. Louis Blues assistant general manager, who took over the spot vacated by Jim Corsi, who was fired along with coach Ken Hitchcock on Feb. 1, will return to his full active duties in the front office.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong confirmed at the team's exit meetings on Tuesday that while it was a great project to have Brodeur resurrect the season for starting goaltender Jake Allen and backup Carter Hutton, Brodeur, who turned 45 on Saturday, will

"Marty's coaching career is coming to a halt," Armstrong said.

To which Blues coach Mike Yeo joked: "He wasn't fired, just for the record."

Brodeur, who holds a number of NHL goaltender records, including wins (691), saves (28,928) and games played (1,266), helped turn a Blues' goaltending corps around. It was was 30th in the NHL in save percentage (.887) when coach Mike Yeo replaced Hitchcock and 22nd in goals per game allowed at 2.89, finished first at 1.90 the rest of the regular season and into the Stanley Cup Playoffs at 1.90 and first in save percentage at .937.

Brodeur will spearhead the search for a new goalie coach, one that Armstrong said is important for Brodeur to lead the way on because of his knowledge of Allen and finding someone that can come in and instantaneously work with Allen, Hutton and other organizational goalies.

"Marty's going to take the lead on that in the sense that he knows Jake's personality," Armstrong said. "... We're not going to just let Jake pick the goalie coach but Marty knows what makes him tick and we're going to try to find the attributes of a goalie coach that can help Jake. But we've also got [Ville] Husso coming, we've got [Hutton] here, we're going to get an organizational guy, but focused on what's going to give Jake the chance to have the best success."

Allen, who was sent home for a game on Jan. 21 at the Winnipeg Jets after a string of struggles in which he was pulled in four of six starts, was No. 1 in the NHL during the regular season from Feb. 1 to the end of the season in GAA (1.85), save percentage (.938) and second to Sergei Bobrovsky (four) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in shutouts with three.

"I've been very fortunate to play with him, him be my boss, now my goalie coach, now back to my boss," Allen said of Brodeur. "He was great for me. He was great for 'Hutts.' He was light, didn't change much and I think that was a key. I think if he came in here and tried to swing things around, it could have gone a different way, but he just gave us some confidence, he was a good sounding board and it worked out really well.

"Who knows what next year holds, but this year was great."

Brodeur and Allen, who often were seen communicating, spent some final moments Tuesday inside the locker room at Scottrade Center.

"He just asked me about maybe getting out for a round of golf before I go home (to New Brunswick)," Allen joked.

* NOTES -- Blues defenseman Colton Parayko and forward Vladimir Sobotka will depart St. Louis and head for Europe to compete for their respective countries at the IIHF World Championships in Paris and Cologne, Germany.

Parayko, who played for Team North America in the World Cup in September, will play for Team Canada, while Sobotka, who also played in the World Cup, will represent the Czech Republic.
 

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