The New Jersey Devils future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur has been sidelined as of late with a back injury.
The Devils have reported it to be “not serious” and only a little bit of “soreness”. This is starting to get more and more skeptical as time goes on and Brodeur stays out of the lineup.
Although the Devils assure that Brodeur’s condition is not serious, it is serious enough for him to miss a handful of games. It is also serious enough for the Devils to place Brodeur on Injured Reserve instead of day-to-day.
Brodeur, 40, pulled himself out of the lineup before the Feb. 24 game at home against the Winnipeg Jets due to his back tightening up. Devils back-up goaltender Johan Hedberg took over.
The Devils went on to lose that game, as well as the next five after that.
Although Brodeur is aging, he is a key part in the Devils success. The Devils are just 3-6-2 without Brodeur in net.
The Devils still continue to damper the situation and claimed to place Brodeur on Injured Reserve to allow him to get “more rest”.
Some unnamed reports have said Brodeur has lost feelings in his hands. I understand you cannot believe these unknown sources, it continues to bring speculation that the Devils are hiding something and that Brodeur’s condition is worse than people believe it to be.
- Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder was out of the lineup in Thursday’s shootout victory due to a lower body injury. Tallinder is not going to make the trip down to Carolina for Saturday’s game. DeBoer made clear that there is no reason to bring him on a one-game road trip if he is not going to suit up.
Dainus Zubrus was reported to start skating soon, but is in no condition to be back in the lineup following exploratory wrist surgery Feb. 14. Zubrus needed to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after the surgery, he is halfway there.