Martin Brodeur extends leave of absence

Martin Brodeur appeared in seven games for the Blues and went 3-3-0 with a 2.87 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

Martin Brodeur will take another week to ponder his future, and the St. Louis Blues are OK with it.

“With the All-Star break already on the way, the Blues have given Marty more time to reflect,” agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports told ESPN.com Tuesday evening. “Everything should be clearer post All-Star next week.”

The Blues announced last week that the NHL’s all-time winningest goalie had been granted a one-week leave of absence from the team to return home and mull his playing future.

Brodeur was signed by the Blues in December as insurance after starter Brian Elliott suffered a knee injury and left rookie Jake Allen as the only experienced netminder.

But with Elliott back from injury, Brodeur has fallen to No. 3 on the depth chart. Although the Blues were comfortable keeping the future Hall of Famer for a bit longer as insurance, it's obviously not an ideal situation for Brodeur.

The Blues said last week the team would not comment until Brodeur returned.

The 42-year-old appeared in seven games for the Blues and went 3-3-0 with a 2.87 goals against average and .899 save percentage.