Yahoo! Sports reports that Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will be out at least three months after undergoing elbow surgery. The surgery, scheduled for Thursday, will repair the distal bicep in his glove-side (left) elbow. This is the first major injury in Brodeur's career, one that has seen him come within striking distance of the all-time records for games played, wins, and shutouts. Unless New Jersey acquires a veteran goaltender from another team, Kevin Weekes will likely fill in while Brodeur recovers.
Personally, unless the Devils find a suitable replacement, I think they are in big trouble. Brodeur is the team's franchise player, and maybe the best goaltender in the NHL after winning four of the last five Vezina Trophies. He has never gone down for this long before, and I'm not sure if Weekes is good enough to keep New Jersey afloat in the playoff race. The Devils' defense is not that good, and Brodeur makes them look better thanks to his excellence in net. Unless Weekes plays like he did for Carolina before the lockout, when he was very good, this could be a long 3-4 months for New Jersey.
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