Feb 15, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) prior to game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Brodeur Returns To Practice, Could Be Back-up Tuesday

The New Jersey Devils could be getting the future Hall of Fame goaltender, Martin Brodeur, back in the lineup as early as Tuesday’s game against rival, the New York Rangers.

Martin Brodeur went down to a back injury on Feb. 24th during warm-ups of the game against the Winnipeg Jets. Although Brodeur’s injury was not considered serious, it kept him out of the lineup for almost a month, and landed him on IR.

The injury left the Devils in dismay as they went on a large losing skid. Johan Hedberg did the best he could to take on the starting role, but could not hold down the fort.

Feb 15, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers shot sail wide right during the third period against New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) at the Prudential Center. New Jersey Devils defeat he Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

During Brodeur’s injury, the Devils had two rookie goalies make their NHL debut’s. Both goalies, Jeff Frazee and Keith Kinkaid, relieved Hedberg of his duties after giving up a large amount of goals.

The return of Brodeur to practice is a huge impact on the team. Brodeur has always been regarded as a great player in the locker room and is in every way a morale boost.

Some rumors have spread that Brodeur could be on the roster for Tuesday’s game, but not as the starting goalie. If Brodeur were to return, he would back-up Hedberg. The Devils would most likely send rookie Jeff Frazee back to Albany, but is it worth it?

Jan 22, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils captain defenseman Bryce Salvador (24) congratulates New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) on his 3-0 shutout win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Even though Brodeur is a great player to have back in the lineup, it is not necessarily the best idea. If something were to happen to Hedberg, Brodeur would have to enter a game against the arch-rival Rangers. The games are always intense and physical, not what an injured goalie would want to enter into cold.

The smartest decision is to keep Brodeur in practice for the remainder of the week, as Hedberg has been playing very well the past three games. Rushing Brodeur back into starting games is not the best idea for the Devils.

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