'No timetable' for Devils captain's return

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It is unknown when, or whether, the New Jersey Devils will get back captain Scott Stevens for the postseason.

Stevens has been suffering from post-concussion syndrome since the first week of January. He has not been back since, missing each of the next 40 games.

Renowned concussion specialist Dr. Karen Johnston recently re-examined Stevens, who turns 40 on Thursday. Tests determined that the rugged defenseman is not yet at 100 percent.

"And only when it is determined that he is at 100 percent will he participate with the team," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Monday. "He will continue to work out both on and off the ice. There is no timetable for his return."

Stevens has been the heart and soul of a team that has won three Stanley Cups since 1995. The 14-time All-Star had not missed more than seven regular-season games since the 1991-92 season -- his first with New Jersey.

The Devils began Monday in a tie with Ottawa for fifth in the Eastern Conference, just two points behind first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division with three games remaining.