Rich Chere over at the Star Ledger was kind enough to speak with Lou Lamoriello and get an update on the Devils injured players – by my count, all of them with the exception of Martin Brodeur. You can read what Rich Chere wrote here, but I’ve also comprised a simplified list for those of you looking for the Cliff Notes version.
- Paul Martin (upper body soreness) was placed on Injured Reserve, but is eligible to come off for Wednesday’s game against the Rangers if he feels up to it. My take is that this is not very likely.
- Brian Gionta (soreness) “is fine” according to Lou, but still a little sore. Expect to see him on Wednesday.
- Bryce Salvador (left foot) is day to day, and may not see ice time on Wednesday. He will most likely come out for the pre-game skate, and will decide then if he is good enough to play.
- Andrew Greene (broken right hand) has his cast off, and will need to start working on getting back in to shape soon.
- Bobby Holik (broken right pinky) is scheduled to have the pins removed soon, and could be working out as early as next week.
- Brian Rolston (sprained ankle) will start to practice on ice by the end of this week.
- Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (cracked orbital bone) is listed as day to day, but I wouldn’t expect him to play for another week or two.
- Rodney Pelley (sore back) is also listed as day to day. Expect to see him return early to mid next week.
Chere also asked Lou Lamoriello if he anticipates trading players to help fill the void left by the injured team. Lou, although did not deny the possibility, did say “Right now we have to weather this storm. Right now it’s giving people the opportunity to come forward. And people who can do more have to take that responsibility. Our best players have to be our best players.”