The Devils are getting ready to welcome back Adam Henrique and aren't quite ready to make a decision on Stefan Matteau's future.

The Devils placed right wing Cam Janssen on waivers Wednesday to open up a roster spot for when Henrique is ready to return from Nov. 29 surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. That might be for tonight's game against the Islanders at Prudential Center, but general manager Lou Lamoriello wasn't ready to commit to that Wednesday.

"He's day to day, so we'll have to see," Lamoriello said of Henrique playing tonight.

If Janssen isn't claimed off waivers by today's noon deadline, he will be assigned to Albany of the AHL. Henrique, who will turn 23 on Feb. 6, was injured while playing for Albany during the NHL owners' lockout.

Although the 2011-12 Calder Trophy finalist (for rookie of the year) has yet to participate in a full practice – the Devils didn't practice Wednesday – he did take part in the team's morning skate prior to Friday's game against Washington. He remained in New Jersey to skate on his own while the Devils were on the road in Montreal (4-3 overtime loss on Sunday) and Boston (2-1 shootout loss Tuesday).

After putting up 16 goals and 51 points in 74 games last season, Henrique will be a valued addition for a team that still is evaluating what it has and what it needs up front. Matteau played the last two games on the top line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk as coach Pete DeBoer has given the team's 2012 first-round draft pick every opportunity to solidify his spot on the roster.

The 18-year-old did enough in the first five games that the Devils have decided to keep him around for at least a little longer rather than return him to his junior team: Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. That does not guarantee he won't go back to junior at some point, though.