Devils place Martin Brodeur on injured reserve

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Martin Brodeur has been placed on injured reserive. (Getty Images)
Martin Brodeur has been placed on injured reserve. (Getty Images)

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The New Jersey Devils will be without starting goaltender Martin Brodeur for at least the next couple of games after placing him on injured reserve Tuesday due to a back injury.

The move is retroactive to Sunday, which means he will miss at least the next two games at Winnipeg on Thursday and at Buffalo on Saturday. The first game he will be eligible to play is next Monday at Toronto.

Brodeur missed Sunday's game against the Jets after he left warmups because of some soreness in his back.

In his absence, the Devils will go with veteran Johan Hedberg as their starter while they also called up Keith Kinkaid from the American Hockey League to serve as his backup.

General manager Lou Lamoriello told Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti he doesn't believe the injury is serious but they didn't want to rush him back into the lineup.

In his 13 appearances this season Brodeur has an 8-2-3 record with a .911 save percentage.

Brodeur and Hedberg make up what is one of the oldest goaltending duos the league has ever seen, and when you go into a season with two netminders who are 40 and 39 years old, respectively, injuries have to be expected at some point.

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