Brodeur Not Interested in Devils’ GM Job

The NHL put out an article on their official app stating that Martin Brodeur is not interested in taking the Devils’ General Manager position “right now, even if the job were available.”

The report comes from The Hockey News, specifically Matt Larkin, who spoke to Brodeur directly.

He told the publication that he is “happy with his job as executive vice president of hockey operations and senior advisor with the Devils.”

Marty told THN’s Larkin: “I know what it takes to be a GM. I’ve been around Doug Armstrong (with the St. Louis Blues) for a long time and Lou Lamoriello (with the Devils). I’m just not ready for the commitment, regardless of whether it would be offered to me.”

The article notes that Brodeur, the Devils’ legendary goaltender who won three Stanley Cups as a player and lead the Devils to five Stanley Cup Finals, “moved from a Devils business position to hockey operations after Ray Shero was fired as GM on Jan. 12 and replaced by Tom Fitzgerald.”

Fitzgerald is still in the position of GM, albeit as an interim. It was mentioned in the article that he has been interviewing coaches, among them former Islanders, Hurricanes, Flyers and Predators coach Peter Laviolette (who has been linked to the Devils in various outlets) and Alain Nasreddine, the interim who took over from John Hynes on December 3. The NHL news piece said that Brodeur and Fitzgerald have been working closely in preparation for the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, where the Devils have a 7.5 percent chance to gain the first overall pick.

When Marty retired after the 2014-15 season (he played the final seven games of his career as a Blue), he stayed in St. Louis “as a special adviser to Armstrong.” He currently lives in St. Louis and has a ten-year-old son there, which, the article notes is why “he said he’s not ready to take on the rigors of being an NHL general manager.”

Brodeur told THN’s Larkin: “the reason why I went back to New Jersey is because I was able to control my time, because I’m not moving from St. Louis yet, and I have a 10-year-old at home who does all the activities in the world. I’m not saying that one day I won’t say, ‘You know what? This is the time for me to do it, maybe.’ But right now, I value my time off too much to get myself involved.”

Jake Reynolds and Tom Fitzgerald Pen Letter to Devils Fans

Devils President Jake Reynolds and Interim General Manager Tom Fitzgerald wrote an open letter to Devils fans that appeared on the team’s official website today.

You can find a link to that here: here.

The letter basically states that the team will keep the fans updated on the NHL’s coronavirus suspension through the usual channels of the official website, social media and, if you are a season ticket holder, your Account Services Manager.

The letter did mention that offices at the Prudential Center are closed, for the safety of the staff and all events through March have been postponed at Prudential Center, not just hockey. They did also confirm that owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer are supporting “game and event day part-time employees” at the arena. They will be paid for any postponed Devils games and other events at the arena.

As well, the RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House will be closed for the time being. That is the practice rink for the Devils, but also hosts other forms of hockey such as youth games, adult beer leagues and other practices and tournaments.

This was a nice gesture by the Devils’ brass. It is great to hear confirmation that the game-day employees are being paid. That is one of the major worries you would have going into this situation. Otherwise, they just essentially reiterated that fans should “stay safe, be smart, and take care of each other” as the letter put it, which is a great message.