NEWARK, N.J. — Shortly after Martin Brodeur was selected by the Devils with the 20th pick in the 1990 NHL draft, the 18-year-old goaltender was confused.
He "didn't know where New Jersey was," Brodeur recalled Tuesday with a grin. Twenty-five years later, he and the franchise are permanently linked.
The Devils will retire the No. 30 jersey of their longtime goaltender and erect a statue during ceremonies Feb. 9 at the game against the Oilers.
Brodeur played 21 seasons for New Jersey, including three Stanley Cups (1995, 2000, 2003) and four Vezina Trophies as the NHL's top goalie, before ending his career last with a forgettable seven-game stint with the Blues. He is now an assistant general manager with St. Louis.
His jersey will join those of defensemen Scott Stevens, Ken Daneyko and Scott Niedermayer in the rafters.
"I'll be right beside the three defensemen who really helped me out be the goalie that I was," Brodeur said.
Blackhawks: Defenseman Michal Rozsival was put on long-term injured reserve. Rozsival broke his left ankle in Game 4 of Chicago's second-round sweep against Minnesota in the playoffs. He re-signed with the Stanley Cup champions last month.
Blues: Rob DiMaio, a member of the inaugural Lightning team in 1992-93, was promoted to director of player personnel. DiMaio, 47, had been director of scouting for three years with St. Louis. He had two stints with the Lightning in a 17-year playing career that also included time with the Islanders, Rangers, Flyers, Bruins, Hurricanes and Stars.
Canadiens: Forward Paul Byron was claimed off waivers from the Flames. Byron played 57 games with Calgary last season, with six goals and 13 assists.
Capitals: Center Nicklas Backstrom is expected to miss a handful of games at the start of the season as he works his way back from hip surgery. General manager Brian MacLellan said the team originally thought Backstrom, who led the league with 60 assists last season, could miss anywhere from zero to 10 games, but "now it seems to be four or five games."
Penguins: Forward Pascal Dupuis will miss 4-5 weeks with a lower-body injury, the team said. He was limited to 16 games last season because of blood clots and missed the second half of 2013-14 with a knee injury.