Just reading the NHL.com story on New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur, who was out taking a few shots and is raring to get back to action since a torn tendon has kept him out since Nov. 1.
Now Brodeur hasn't set a return date yet, but this has got to make Eastern Conference teams feel real good. And yes, I'm being very, very sarcastic. In Brodeur's absence the Devils have just kept on going; they won again this evening, a 3-0 victory over the same Rangers team the Stars dismantled 10-2 on Friday. They're still atop the Atlantic, with a six-point edge over the Philadelphia Flyers.That's just a reminder of how strong the Devils are, and how they are not just one man.
But that one man is pretty freaking good. I, personally, can't wait to see him back. I've always loved watching Brodeur, he's so smooth in goal, and he still has two great milestones in his reach (seven victories shy of tying Patrick Roy's record 551, and five shutouts away from equaling Terry Sawchuk's 103).
The rest of the East just got a big headache.
-- Tracey Myers