Martin Brodeur said he took himself out of yesterday’s game with the Winnipeg Jets after warm-ups because of a sore back.
The future Hall of Fame goaltender for the sliding New Jersey Devils explained to reporters that his back had been bothering him a bit for the past few games, and sitting on the bench Saturday did not help the situation.
After warming up on Sunday, he did not feel a hundred percent.
“I though I was going to be able to,” Brodeur said. “I just didn’t feel strong enough to handle it if somebody hit me or I had to stretch out. Everything should be fine. I don’t think it’s a big deal. I don’t think anybody around here is worried about it.”
Coach Pete DeBoer said that right up until Brodeur left the ice during warm-ups that he thought he was going to play.
“He tweaked something in warm-ups and couldn’t go,” DeBoer detailed after the loss to the Jets. “From everything I’m told, I’m not concerned.”
Yes, they aren’t concerned, and forward Ryan Carter did not get a concussion last week, but is now on injured reserve.
I suppose only time will tell if Brodeur’s injury or tweak is serious enough to warrant a goalie call-up from the team’s AHL affiliate in Albany, or if he will be ready to go later in the week. The 40-year old missed six games last season with a shoulder injury early on in October after making a diving save against the Los Angeles Kings.
The team was given a complete day off today without any meetings or video sessions.
Perhaps sometime off will give them the opportunity to regain their form from their fantastic start, because things have been less than stellar for the Devils of late.