From the Prudential Center today:
The Devils said yesterday that Martin Brodeur’s sore back isn’t believed to be serious and he’s considered “day to day.” That’s code for: He’s old, he’s got a balky back and we’re gonna give him a few days off. So what to make of them calling up
Kinkaid? He’s a likely practice goalie who is there to make sure Marty gets that rest and doesn’t have to strain himself in practice. The Devils have a rare stretch where they have three full days off, so why bother rushing one of two irreplaceable part[s (Kovy being the other) just for practice? I know the Devils called Dainius Zubrus and Ryan Carter day to day at first, so you have reason to be skeptical, but I wouldn’t be (yet) for two seasons. One, Marty didn’t seemed concerned after the game, at all. He was completely calm and just explained that he felt a tweak in warmups and didn’t want to push it and risk further injury. Two, the nature of the injury isn’t the same as a wrist or head injury. If Brodeur had felt the tweak in warmups, then played but left during the game, then that would be reason for concern because it would have meant he likely aggravated whatever muscle was sore. The fact that he felt a twinge and pulled himself means it’s probably a minor injury and he just needs some days to rest. Will that rest included Thursday night in Winnipeg? Well, we’ll just have to see.