Sunday, November 9, 2008

Brodeur's surgery "100 percent successful"

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said the doctors told him that goaltender Martin Brodeur's surgery this morning to repair his torn distal biceps tendon in his left elbow was "100 percent successful.""Everything went as expected," Lamoriello just told me. "There were no surprises. The timetable for his return is the same -- three to four months."Brodeur's tendon was torn completely from the bone in his left elbow and had to be reattached. He is expected to make a full recovery and be back in time for the end of the regular season.The procedure was performed early this morning by orthapedic surgeon Dr. Steven Beldner of Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. Team orthapedist Dr. Barry Fisher was also on hand. Lamoriello said he was at the hospital this morning as the surgery was being done.***Brian Rolston (high right ankle sprain) skated again today for the third day in a row, but Lamoriello said he "didn't want to say" if he expected Rolston to be cleared to practice with the team next week because he doesn't want to jump the gun. "He skated again today," Lamoriello said. "He's progressing."Lamoriello also said Bobby Holik (broken right pinky) is "progressing too", but would not say if he has been cleared to begin physical activity. ***The (with Elias' Sports Bureau's help) provided some stats today on the Devils' win Wednesday night without Brodeur. In addition to the stat I supplied after the game that Kevin Weekes was just the second Devils goaltender other than Brodeur to win a shootout (Scott Clemmensen  was the first, when he won the team's first shootout ever on Oct. 29, 2005 in Boston), they came up with these two:**The Devils' victory Wednesday night was just their third when Brodeur was not dressed since 1993-94, his first full season. The two previous wins occurred on Oct. 28 and 29, 2005, Scott Clemmensen defeated Buffalo and Boston, respectively.**Prior to his injury Saturday, Brodeur had suited up for 1,114 of New Jersey's 1,126 regular-season games since 1993-94. In the 12 full contests Brodeur had missed, the Devils’ record had been 2-6-4. With one victory and one loss in the two full games since Brodeur’s injury, Weekes has improved the figure to 3-7-4. Source

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