Devils center Bobby Holik will require surgery on his broken right pinky and will miss three to four weeks, general manager Lou Lamoriello said today.
Holik was injured in the second period of Saturday's 4-3 shootout win in Washington.
"He's going to have surgery (Tuesday) and he'll be out three to four weeks," Lamoriello said. "That's standard."
In addition Lamoriello an MRI confirmed that forward Brian Rolston's high right ankle sprain is not more than a sprain, but he still doesn't know how much time he will miss.
"The MRI and the X-ray came back OK and now it's just a matter of waiting for the swelling to go down," Lamoirello said. "There is no timetable because you just don't know how long it's going to take."
I asked Lamoriello about left wing Alexander Vasyunov, the team's 2006 second-round pick who is rumored to have left his team in Russia (Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL) to come play for the Devils' minor league affiliate in Lowell (AHL), but couldn't get anything out of him.
"I'm not going to comment on that," Lamoriello said.
Unless Lokomotiv lets Vasyunov out of his contract, it's a potentially tricky situation for the Devils becuase there is still no transfer agreement between the NHL and Russia. Vasyunov has played only two games for Lokomotiv this season and hasn't posted a point.
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, who was called up on an emergency basis, skated today at left wing on the fourth line with Mike Rupp at center and David Clarkson at right wing. Lamoriello said Leblond, who has an eight-stitch cut over his left eye from a fight in Friday night's game against Manchester, will make his NHL debut Wednesday night against Dallas at Prudential Center.
The other line combinations and the defense pairings were the same as Saturday night.