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Brodeur ready to go if needed

Possible for Wednesday's home game vs. Toronto

Tuesday, 11.1.2011 / 2:14 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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After missing nearly three weeks with a bruised right shoulder, Martin Brodeur confirmed Tuesday he’s ready to play.

“I felt really good today,” Brodeur said. “I told Chris [goalie coach Terreri] that if they needed me tomorrow, I'll be OK to play. We’ll see what happens with that.”

Brodeur had a chance to test the shoulder and said it was all systems go.

“I’m happy about the practice I had today,” he said. “It was probably the hardest as far as reaction-wise and competing-wise that I was able to do. It was a really good sign for me. I felt good for a week now with not much trouble.”

The Devils host Toronto on Wednesday and visit Philadelphia on Thursday. The back-to-back scenario would give Brodeur and Johan Hedberg the opportunity to split the workload.

Coach Peter DeBoer indicated a decision would be made after a discussion with the training staff.

But even having Brodeur back at 100 percent health is significant.

“I’m sure it gives you a lift,” DeBoer said. “Obviously, he may be the best goaltender of all-time and one of the leaders in the dressing room. I think just having him healthy, whether he’s playing or on the bench, can definitely help.”

Brodeur has missed six games since getting hurt against the Kings on Oct. 13.

"It’s a lot of games, it’s a lot of time to miss," he said. "I think you want to be a part of the team, so every time you’re injured, they kind of put you aside to a certain extent. It’s kind of nice to be back this week practicing with the guys.”