Devils notes 11.8.10
Brodeur, Rolston improving; Tedenby recalled from Albany
|Brodeur still getting back to full strength.|
Brodeur was hurt last week by a Patrick Kane shot in Chicago. He couldn't go against the Rangers on Friday, but hasn't ruled out facing the Sabres on Wednesday.
"It's doing better, just a little too sore still to play," Brodeur said. "I tried this morning just holding my stick, and I'm still not really comfortable with it. A little more time, I guess. It's right on the bone, there's barely any swelling, nothing."
The four-day break in the schedule couldn't have come at a better time. Brodeur plans on seeing how the elbow feels Tuesday morning.
"For sure, if we had played three games in four nights, it would've been tough – I would've missed everything," he said. "There's no way I could've gotten myself ready for a game (last) weekend. Hopefully, we'll have some improvement today and tomorrow."
X-rays in Chicago were negative, and a meeting with Devils doctors confirmed that there's no fracture. Brodeur has already noticed some improvement.
"Now I'm able to take my blocker and really do everything I want with my blocker without a stick," he explained. "Now I want to see how it's going to respond. I've been treating it every day and hopefully that sharp pain will go away and I'll be able to suck it up and play."
Though it's uncertain whether he'll practice Tuesday. Brodeur said he would need at least Wednesday's morning skate to test the elbow.
"I don't want to get out there and there's a little play and I can't make it and my defenseman's confused because I can't play the puck the same," he said. "I have to be the same when I go out there. Same thing when I hurt my other arm. It was being so I don't have think about that injury when I played hockey. It's just not the right way for a goalie to play the game."
For now, head coach John MacLean can only wait and see how Brodeur feels each day.
"We'll evaluate him in the morning and see if he feels better," MacLean said. "He felt better today than he did yesterday, so that's a positive."
No update yet on the status of defenseman Colin White, who has not practiced since missing Friday's game with the flu.
"You get rundown sometimes on those (western) trips," MacLean said. "Hopefully, we'll get to see him tomorrow and see how he is. It's day-to-day."
|Rolston feeling good since return to practice.|
Brian Rolston has been feeling good in practice, but still plans on taking it one day at a time. The left wing underwent sport hernia surgery on Oct. 14 and has missed 13 games.
"I felt better than I did yesterday," he said, adding, "I'll just keep going along. I got a little power play time there. You have to get used to the speed of the game, that's for sure. It's little by little every day, and that felt good today."
Rolston was injured in the second game of the season, and doesn't want to rush his recovery.
"I want to be a player that's going to have an impact when I come back," he said. "I don't want to come back and not be at 100 percent. I want to be at 100 percent, and I think I'm getting close. You just take how you feel on a daily basis, I think."
MacLean has liked what he's seen from Rolston in practice.
"He's skating well, he's got good energy out there," said the coach. "It's going to be how he feels as we go on here. With this, you just have to wait and see how you feel the next day. Positive signs, and we'll go from there."
Like any injured player, Rolston is eager to get back into the lineup. He's seen the Devils go 4-9-0 without him, but said the team has to stay positive through this tough start.
"We can't be doom and gloom because that's not going to get us anywhere," said Rolston.
Tedenby gets the call
In only 15 games this season, the Devils have seen seven players make their NHL debut. There could be an eighth this week after the club recalled rookie Mattias Tedenby from Albany (AHL).
Tedenby practiced at right wing Monday on a line with Patrik Elias and Jason Arnott.
"Of course, I'm happy to be here," Tedenby said. "This is a goal and a dream. I'm going to work hard, play my game. It's going to be fun."
New Jersey's first-rounder in 2008, Tedenby has three goals, including two on the power play, in 10 AHL games. During the preseason, he posted one assist in four games.
In Albany, Tedenby has skated with Adam Henrique and Matt Anderson, and the experience with the A-Devils has been a bonus for the 20-year-old Swede.
"It's helped me to get used to the North American-style hockey: small rink, quick game," he said. "A lot of gambling in front of the net."
Tedenby doesn't know if he'll be in the lineup on Wednesday.
"Let's see," he said. "I'm just glad to be here. If I get a chance, I'm just going to work hard."