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NJ Devils Goalie Martin Brodeur to miss 3-4 months

The future Hall of Famer injured his elbow last Saturday. From ESPN-

NEWARK, N.J. — For the next three to four months, the New Jersey Devils are going to learn about life without Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur, a four-time Vezina Trophy winner who is on the verge of becoming the NHL’s all-time winningest goaltender, will be sidelined until at least February after tearing a distal biceps in his left elbow last weekend.

Brodeur, 36, will undergo surgery Thursday — a development that also interrupts his charge toward setting two lofty records. He has 544 career wins, eight shy of breaking Patrick Roy’s NHL all-time record of 551. He also is five shutouts from tying Terry Sawchuk’s NHL record of 103.

He has played in 89.3 percent of the Devils’ games (931 out of 1,043) since the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season.

This is a big loss, one that can be understated. Brodeur is the best goalie in the NHL. His backup Kevin Weekes, is a career journeyman. Since his first NHL game in the 1997-98 season, Weekes has played for Florida, Vancouver, Tampa, Carolina, and the NY Rangers before coming to New Jersey before the 2007-08 season. That is 5 teams in years.

Will New Jersey go shopping for a goaltender? From Pierre LeBrun-

We asked that question point-blank to veteran Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Tuesday, and while he would never tell any media member if he was working on a trade (he keeps his cards close to the vest), he was strong in his support of backup Kevin Weekes.

It sounded to me like Weekes will get a chance to carry this team for a while before Lamoriello ever looks at other option

If New Jersey waits too long, making the playoffs this year could be out of the equation. Weekes is not a quality goaltender.

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