A Devil Of A Day: Brodeur Skates, Tallinder To IR, Pesonen Called Up

The New Jersey Devils have had a busy day today with many moves and news from multiple players.

Martin Brodeur skated for the first time today since he injured his back on Feb 24 in warm-ups. Brodeur has missed eight straight games and still has no set time for his return. However, skating is a good sign and it shows that some progress is being made in Brodeur’s condition. The Devils are desperate to get Brodeur back in the lineup as the team has stumbled dramatically since he went down.

Henrik Tallinder

Jan 31, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder (7) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils placed Henrik Tallinder on Injured Reserve this morning due to his lower-body injury. Tallinder has missed the past three games and will continue to miss more. The good thing is the Devils have a lot of defensive depth to make up for the loss of Tallinder. Peter Harrold should keep getting more playing time in lieu of Tallinder.

In response to moving Tallinder to IR, the Devils have called up Harri Pesonen from the Albany Devils. The 24-year-old left winger from Finland is 6-0 foot 200 pounds and brings very good speed to the table. Pesonen has 11 goals and 15 assists (26 points) in 54 AHL games for Albany this year.

Harri Pesonen

Pesonen scores the game winning goal for the Albany Devils in their 3-2 win over the Hershey Bears. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey On Earth


Pesonen will bring fresh legs and a new personality to the locker room for the Devils. Hopefully this will give the Devils some new looks and be able to put more pucks in the net.

Various scouting reports on Pesonen include that he is an excellent skater, great hands, and a good shot, but he tends to be lazy at time and become useless on the ice.

The Devils probably will give the winger a chance in one or both of the next two games against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Topics: Albany Devils, Harri Pesonen, Henrik Tallinder, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

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