Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has not suffered a setback with his ailing back.
“No. Absolutely not. In fact, the opposite,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said today. “No setback. That I can assure you.”
So why is Brodeur, who is on injured reserve, no longer listed as day to day?
“It’s his back. You know backs. He was day to day and now the doctors feel he needs to rest a little more,” Lamoriello explained. “When will he come back? Will it be three days, four days, five days? It could be a week from now. We don’t know. He was day to day. It’s just taking a little longer. He just didn’t feel better.”
As for the surprise that rookie goalie Keith Kinkaid was sent back to Albany (AHL) after making his successful NHL debut in relief of Johan Hedberg last night, Lamoriello said it was in the works to give Jeff Frazee a call-up.
“They’ve both been equally good in Albany. Both have played extremely well and the intention was to get Jeff in here under the same situation,” Lamoriello said. “Let Jeff get the same type of experience and get used to the environment.
“(Frazee) had a great weekend. Albany got five out of six points. He got four out of four as the goaltender. He’s earned this.”
Frazee has dessed as backup for the Devils twice before—Nov. 5, 2010, against the Rangers and Feb. 9, 2012, against the St. Louis Blues. Herdberg was the starter both times.
Certrainly Kinkaid must have felt an emotional letdown going from the high of his NHL debut to the low of returning to the minors in a matter of minutes.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello: No setback for goalie Martin Brodeur
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