Martin Brodeur

“Wear and tear” will prevent Martin Brodeur from playing Saturday

Martin Brodeur will miss Saturday’s game due to a minor shoulder injury. Brodeur used to be the ultimate workhorse, but he’s not afraid to admit that things are a little different now that he’s 39 years old.

“I think it’s normal,” Brodeur told The Bergen Post. “It’s the wear and tear of a hockey player. It’s just you don’t get it when you’re 21 years old because you only played for a little bit. You play so many games and you get in a position where it is what it is. It’s unfortunate, but that’s why you have younger players playing the game at a different level. When you get older it gets a little harder. I’d love to play without injury. I did for a long time. If it’s only these little things, I’ll take it. It’s no big deal.”

He’s right, missing a game here and there because father time is catching up with him isn’t a big deal. After all, he’s dealt with more serious injuries than this over the previous three seasons. However, this comes on the backdrop of Brodeur playing through the last season on his six-year contract with the New Jersey Devils. It’s much too early to say if Brodeur will play beyond this season, but at the same time, this is another remainder of the obvious: Brodeur’s storied career is inching towards its conclusion. Enjoy Brodeur while you can, because once he’s gone, it might be a while before anyone matches his accomplishments.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.