The New Jersey Devils have recalled goalie Keith Kinkaid from their AHL affiliate in Albany “just as a safety.”
General Manager Lou Lamoriello said yesterday that the team would consider bringing a second goaltender in for practice because of the issue with Martin Brodeur’s back. Kinkaid was on the ice with the team this morning for practice at the Prudential Center.
Brodeur took himself out of Sunday’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets after “tweaking” his back during warm-ups. He was seen by the team’s doctor yesterday and said he has been playing for “a few games” with a bothersome back.
According to a statement by the team, Brodeur is listed as “day to day.”
When asked by reporters if the Devils had any concerns about the health of Brodeur, Lamoriello answered, “No, I don’t.”
Kinkaid is 17-11-5 in Albany thus far this season. The 23 year old has a 2.69 goals against average and a .905 save percentage in 33 games.
The youngster from Farmingville, New York was signed as a free agent by the Devils after playing two seasons for Union College. Following his sophomore campaign in college, he won the Ken Dryden Award as the top goaltender in the ECAC.
Kinkaid has yet to make his first NHL start. Last season, he served as Johan Hedberg’s backup for six games when Brodeur was out with a shoulder injury early last fall.
Forward Ryan Carter, who has been sidelined since taking a hit to the head on February 18th, did not practice today either. Carter is eligible to be taken off of the injured reserve list in order to play on Thursday night against the Jets. The team has not given an update on his progress or stated whether or not he will suit up later this week. As of yesterday, Carter was still experiencing concussion-like symptoms even though the team says he does not have a concussion.
Rookie Stefan Matteau, who sat out Sunday’s game because he was a “little banged up,” was back out on the ice for practice this morning.
Jacob Josefson, who was recalled from Albany over the weekend, was returned to the minors.