The inevitable finally happened. The Devils placed Dainius Zubrus on injured reserve Wednesday with his mysterious upper-body injury. To fill his roster spot, the Devils recalled recent acquisition Andrei Loktionov from AHL Albany.
So what’s the diagnosis? Well, of course Lou Lamoriello isn’t saying — yet.
Lou also said Zubrus agrees with the team’s decision to place him on IR.
Corey GriffinCount this among the least-surprising news of the week. Thanks to the NHL’s rules, Zubrus is eligible to be retroactively placed on IR as early as Feb. 6, the day after his last game. A player then must spend seven days on IR before being activated, which means Zubrus can be taken off IR and returned to active roster any day from here on out. My guess is the Devils knew that Zubrus would be out at least through the weekend and they wanted to use this as an easy way to get a look at Loktionov after acquiring in a trade from the L.A. Kings last week. Now, it’s entirely possible Zubrus will miss more than a few more days, but we won’t know that until Friday, I’m guessing. For now, Pete DeBoer and his coaches get to use this little roster juggling as a way to get first-hand intel on Loktionov, who will likely get a shot to stick with the Devils at some point this season.