The New Jersey Devils were without the services of future hall of fame goaltender Martin Brodeur at camp yesterday and when he did not work with either of the first two groups today a huge red flag was raised. Although expected to be on the ice for the third group, I still can’t help but wonder if Brodeur is injured or just showing his age.
The 39-year-old netminder is dealing with what the team is calling “lower body soreness.” the location of the “soreness” is significant because of Brodeur’s age and recent injury history. He missed a few games back in February after tweaking his knee in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. Brodeur himself described the injury as a “pop” in his knee. A precautionary MRI found no structural damage. Instead the Devils called the injury ” a non-operable knee sprain.” Is it possible he’s still feeling the effects of that injury?
At Brodeur’s age the body takes longer to heal and minor injuries tend to linger; especially knee issues. It’s not totally out of the question to think his current “injury” may be more severe than the Devils are letting on.
New Jersey is a historically tight lipped organization when it comes to injuries. I don’t expect them to change that philosophy anytime soon.
Brodeur is in the final year of his contract and already the questions about his future and possible retirement are starting to surface. If the injury lingers throughout training camp expect the retirement talk to intensify.
Keep in mind this is pure speculation on my part but I find it odd that the Devils are saying even less than they usually do. The last thing the team needs is an injury to Brodeur before the season even begins. I guess we’ll find out after he take the ice.
Keep your fingers crossed.
UPDATE: Per Tom Gulliti, Brodeur hurt his hamstring not his knee or groin.
Brodeur: “I’m fine. I just hurt my leg a little bit.”
We’ll see…to be continued.
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