NHL Notes: Brodeur aims to return
|New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur skates back to the goal after a time out after the Boston Bruins scored their sixth goal of the game in the third period of their NHL hockey game in Newark, New Jersey, Jan. 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)
Martin Brodeur, who turns 40 in May, said he is feeling more certain than ever he wants to return to the New Jersey Devils next season.
"I'm having fun," Brodeur told the New York Post Tuesday. "I feel differently about it now than I did last summer, or at the start of the season. It's not 100% but I'm definitely leaning toward coming back next year."
Brodeur previously said he was undecided about playing after his contract ($5.2 million) ends this season.
"There's a bigger chance now than before," he said. "A few people I've spoken to have told me that if you think you still have that little flame, keep it going, because once it's out, it's out."
Brodeur, who is in his 18th season with the Devils, entered play Tuesday night with 638 career regular-season wins and 116 shutouts, both NHL records.
TEAR REPAIR FOR GREEN
Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green was scheduled to have abdominal surgery Tuesday to deal with a recurring injury, general manager George McPhee said Tuesday.
"It's basically a sports hernia but there were a couple parts to it," McPhee said. "One was a tendon issue, and one was a little tear in the stomach (lining). The tendon healed just fine, but the hole didn't close up ... It has never really healed to the point where he can play with it effectively."
Green has battled injuries throughout the 2011-12 NHL season and appeared in just 10 games, getting three goals and three assists.
"McPhee said he expects Green, 26, to resume skating in two weeks and be able to play in four to six weeks.
Green initially suffered what was thought to be a groin injury on Nov. 11 in his first game back after being sidelined for six games with an ankle injury.
CARCILLO'S SEASON OVER
The NHL has seen the last of Chicago Blackhawks yapper Dan Carcillo this season.
Carcillo had season-ending surgery to fix a torn ACL in his left knee on Tuesday. The Blackhawks expect Carcillo, who will be a free agent this summer, to be fully healed in six months.
The 26-year-old forward was hurt Jan. 2 when he hit Edmonton Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert head-first into the boards. He picked up a seven-game suspension for the hit.
In 28 games this season, carcillo had two goals, nine assists and 82 penalty minutes.
UMBERGER ON IR
The Columbus Blue Jackets put winger R.J. Umberger on injured reserve Tuesday and listed him as week to week with what they are calling an upper body injury.
Umberger concussed when he was hit by Jean-Francois Jacques of the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 8. Jacques was suspended three games for elbowing Umberger in the head.
The injury ended Umberger's ironman streak at 288 games. He has seven goals and 11 assists in 42 games this season.