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Video: Canes’ Gleason injured following fight with Tootoo


Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason left tonight’s game with the New Jersey Devils midway through the second period.

Gleason received a hit from Jordin Tootoo, the two then fought. It’s uncertain whether he was injured on the hit or the fight; however, the club announced soon after that he would not return.

The 31-year-old has a goal and four assists in 31 games this season while averaging over 16 minutes in ice time.

DeBoer on Bortuzzo hit ‘real liberty and totally unnecessary’

Peter DeBoer

The New Jersey Devils lost 1-0 Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, but the bigger loss could be to the team’s forward group.

Stephen Gionta, Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr all left the game before the end of the second period leaving the Devils with just nine forwards for the final 20 minutes.

Jagr’s situation is the one, which was most talked about post-game as he took what appeared to be a late hit from Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in the second period.

Jagr was attended to on the ice and left the game immediately.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he was told by the referees that the hit was not seen.

“It was a headshot. It doesn’t matter whether it was a shoulder or elbow, it’s a shot to the head,” said DeBoer post-game. “Real liberty and totally unnecessary. If one of our guys did that to Crosby then it’s World War 4.”

Not exactly sure what happened to World War 3, but Jordin Tootoo challenged, Bortuzzo several times throughout the game.

“Jagr’s our best player and any time someone takes a run at you, my job is to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

Tootoo added, “I’m not going to forget what number he is. It’s a long season.”

Tootoo was back checking at the time of Bortuzzo’s hit.

“I wish I would have been there at that moment because there would have been gloves flying,” he said.

For those wondering, the teams meet again Dec. 29 in New Jersey.

DeBoer had no updates on Elias or Gionta.

Gionta blocked a Paul Martin shot late in the first period. Elias left the game soon after.

Scott Gomez, who was playing in his first regular season game with the Devils since April 8, 2007, hinted Elias may have suffered an elbow injury. He left the game soon after Gionta in the first period.

Gomez finished the night with 22:10 in ice time.

Devils sign Gomez, actually manage to get older

Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils

Scott Gomez is officially a Devil once again.

Gomez, who joined New Jersey during the preseason and has been practicing with the team ever since, agreed to a contract on Monday “because of the center situation,” per GM Lou Lamoriello.

The situation, you ask? Injuries to Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique, both of whom will miss the club’s upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh and Toronto. Forwards Martin Havlat and Ryane Clowe are also shelved with ailments, which has resulted in the Devils icing a makeshift lineup of:

Patrik Elias-Scott Gomez-Jaromir Jagr

Damien Brunner-Mike Cammalleri-Michael Ryder

Tuomo Ruutu-Jacob Josefson-Steve Bernier

Jordin Tootoo-Stephen Gionta-Dainius Zubrus

As alluded to in the headline, Gomez ain’t making the Devils any younger. New Jersey came into this season with the NHL’s oldest team — an average age of 31.0 — and the 34-year-old Gomez will bump that up a bit.

Gomez, who won two Cups during his eight-year (1999-2007) stint in New Jersey, also becomes the seventh Devils player born in the 70s, joining Jagr, Elias, Zubrus, Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky and Scott Clemmensen.

Updated: Contract details, per Sportsnet…