Thursday, September 20, 2007

Devils hit the IR early

It's less than a week into training camp and two Devils need surgery and a third is facing a possible eye injury.

On the same day the Devils learned that right wings Jamie Langenbrunner and Cam Janssen will require surgery, defenseman Colin White was struck above the right eye with the puck during practice.
New Jersey had a terrific regular season last year, and while they've lost both Scott Gomez and Brian Rafalski, there are some nice options there that will help them stay in the Eastern Conference mix. But what they don't have is exceptional depth, and losing players as significant as Langenbrunner and White is going to really hurt.

Youngsters like Travis Zajac and Andy Greene will be expected to step up early, and how they fare will go a long ways toward keeping the Devils in the Atlantic Division race.

Estimates on Langenbrunner's surgery have him missing as many as two months, so don't take him in your pools.

UPDATE TSN's Bob McKenzie has the update on White, and it's not looking as though he'll miss considerable time.



At 4:21 p.m., September 20, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Lou Lams said that White is only going to be out 2 weeks, so at max it looks like 2-3 regular season games he's gone. This is per Bob 'Big Head' MacKenzie's blog on TSN.


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