The New Jersey Devils will be without their captain Bryce Salvador for the next week or two after an MRI showed that there is a stress fracture in his foot.
Salvador was supposed to come back against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, but he still had pain in his foot which kept him out of the game. Wednesday, Lou Lamoriello said that his MRI came back negative, but the assumption is he had another one after he still felt pain on Saturday.
The Devils will surely miss their captain, especially with the way he has been playing this season. It won’t hurt too bad, however, because that means rookie stud Eric Gelinas will stay up with the main roster for at least another week. Gelinas has a goal and an assist in his first two games with the team, both coming on the power play. He has been everything that coach Peter DeBoer could have asked for and more.
Salvador missed parts of last year with a wrist injury that occurred during the stretch run when the Devils were trying to overcome a seemingly insurmountable deficit to get into the playoffs. The lockout seemed to affect him more than others because he had a down year in the first year he had the “C” on his sweater. He was bouncing back in the early part of this season, even though the team as a whole has struggled.
If Gelinas continues to play well then it is going to cause a controversy when Salvador comes back. Peter Harrold may be having his best season as a professional, and Marek Zidlicky has been great outside a few mistakes. Anton Volchenkov seems to have turned the corner from his early season struggles, and Adam Larsson is their future star who needs to get these bad games out of his system. Andy Greene is the team’s best defenseman at this point while Mark Fayne is playing the defensive defenseman’s role. Who do you take out of this lineup?
That question still has a week to be answered. For right now the Devils will go into Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning without their captain. They will also be without Cory Schneider, who missed the last game with a lower body injury. Martin Brodeur will take the reigns once again in his absence. Hopefully it will go as smoothly as it did on Saturday.