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New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur Finally Practices with the Team

Martin Brodeur: On the Road to Recovery for the New Jersey Devils

Ed Mulholland-US Presswire

For the first time since pulling himself from warm-ups on Feb. 24, goaltender, Martin Brodeur participated in a full practice with the New Jersey Devils.

Brodeur has been on injured reserve with what the team was calling a sore back. However, the 40-year-old net minder revealed to reporters this morning that he actually had a pinched nerve in his upper back/neck.

While it is unlikely he will hit the ice for tomorrow night’s game against their division rivals the New York Rangers, there is a slight chance he may suit up as Johan Hedberg’s backup. That decision will depend upon how Brodeur feels after his first major workout since being placed on injured reserve.

Brodeur has been skating on his own for about a week. “I’ve done skating in the last week or so, but this is the first time I’m doing it as hard as that,” Brodeur explained to reporters prior to practice at the team’s facility at the Prudential Center this morning.

“I’ve got to see how I’m going to feel after this. It’s definitely the best I felt so far on the ice, but I don’t know how my body is going to react. So, we’ll go from there, but I don’t expect anything to change. I’m probably going to skate in the morning tomorrow, but I don’t think I’ll be playing that’s for sure.”

According to Brodeur, the injury originally happened in practice, possibly a week or so before the infamous game against the Winnipeg Jets where he removed himself from the start.

“It was kind of a weird injury,” Brodeur told the media earlier today. “I hurt the top of my back and neck. We did a lot of things, saw a lot of different doctors. They really wanted me to take it easy for a long time.”

The main question as to when he will resume his starting duties seems to be his conditioning. Will he be ready to take charge of the net once again on Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes?

“If I feel good by Thursday,” Brodeur said. “I should be fine if the coaches feel I’m okay.”

Dawn Miller is a New Jersey Devils writer for RantSports. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.