Martin Brodeur remains day-to-day for the New Jersey Devils with his sore back, and could come off the injured reserve list as early as Monday. However, General Manager Lou Lamoriello said that it was unlikely that Brodeur would join the team in Canada for their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday evening.
In his absence, Johan Hedberg, who has dropped his last four starts, will remain in net. There isn’t any plan to give 23-year old Keith Kinkaid his first NHL start. Kinkaid was called up earlier this week from the team’s AHL affiliate in Albany and will continue to be the backup unless Hedberg is injured.
“We’re taking it day by day,” Coach Pete DeBoer said yesterday. “I’m very comfortable and confident Heddy can get the job done for however long it takes Marty to get back.”
Speaking of injuries, Ryan Carter was activated from injured reserve, and can now play in Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Carter was hit on the head in a game on February 18 against the Ottawa Senators when he was sandwiched between two players. Even though he appeared dazed on the play and left the game, the team was reluctant to label the injury as a concussion despite the fact the forward was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
Carter has now stated to reporters that he did have a concussion. It was the second diagnosed concussion of his NHL career. The first occurred while he was with the Florida Panthers.
“I think it is pretty much what we can call it now,” Carter explained. “I wasn’t feeling right. Headache.”
Carter was examined by a doctor in New Jersey and spent five days without any physical activity. Within a couple of days of resting, the headaches subsided. He went on to say that he was feeling better and may play over the weekend in Buffalo.
“I think so,” Carter said. “We have to talk to the trainers and coaches and see if they think my conditioning is up and my health is in the right spot. The way it was handled was good. Because of that I’m feeling well.”
He was also not concerned about any long-lasting effects from the concussion.
“I think the real danger, after speaking to the doctor, is when you rush back out there and start compounding concussions,” Carter detailed. “That’s when you have long-lasting effects. This doctor seemed to think if you let it recover and don’t compound it, you recover to one hundred percent.”
Carter did practice with the team today. Center Tim Sestito was returned to Albany in order to make room for Carter on the roster.