Brodeur skates but return date unclear

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur skated on his own for the first time since suffering a back injury in pregame warm-ups Feb. 24, but the timeline for his return remains murky.

The 40-year-old netminder had to pull himself from the ice because of "soreness" before the Devils' 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Although the team initially deemed the injury "day to day," it has sidelined him for eight games.

The Devils have won only two games during that span.

"There's no timetable on that until he's 100 percent," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters Tuesday. "It's part of his rehab to get strength. He's been off the ice for quite a while now. It's still going to be a little bit."

The Devils also placed defenseman Henrik Tallinder on injured reserve, retroactive to March 7. He also suffered an injury (lower-body) during pregame warm-ups, although it is not believed to be connected with the blood clot issue that forced the veteran blue-liner to miss almost half of last season.