Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said today that doctors told him that his left biceps tendon was 70 to 80 percent torn before he completely snapped it in the second period of the Nov. 1 game against the Atlanta Thrashers.
"My injury was that it was already torn before," he said. "It didn't snap 100 percent. So, that's why I didn't have any stupid pain.That's why it was hard for me to believe that was it, the whole thing tore (at once). It was a combination of an older injury or wear and tear probably more than an older injury. Because I think if I did it 80 percent (at once) I would have felt it. It was probably just wear and tear and the rest just snapped (in the Atlanta game). It was just a matter of time. It could have happened now. It could have happened next year. Who knows?"
Brodeur said there were no signs before that game that his tendon was partially torn, though, and it never affected his play.
"Zero," he said. "I've been trying to think about it. I never felt anything. That's it."
Brodeur had a cast on his arm that went above the elbow and wore his arm in a sling. After he gets the cast off -- which might happen as soon as Friday -- he'll have to wear a brace on his arm to keep him from moving it at the elbow.
Brodeur said he stopped by Prudential Center today because he pretty much had nothing else to do.
"I'm bored," he said. "I just wanted to do see the guys, too."
Brodeur said he has not been in much pain since he had surgery on Thursday to repair the torn biceps tendon. He said the next step in his recovery is to get some stitches out of his arm, possibly when he visits the doctors on Friday, but he still won't be able to do any activity for eight weeks. Overall, he is expected to miss three to four months.
"I'm going back this week to see the doctors and hopefully they will take all of them out now," he said.
To reattach the tendon, Brodeur said the doctors drilled three holes in his radius bone (in the forearm) in his arm, so they could sew the tendon back on exactly in the spot where it became detached.
"They pulled the tendon out and reattached it exactly where it was on the bone," he said. "There's a socket there and they stuck it back in there. They put some holes in my radius bone and they sutured from there. And after that it takes about eight weeks for everything to close and to grab and whenever that happens I'm ready to go (start rehab)."
Brodeur said the doctors told him that his tendon will be stronger than it was before because it was partically torn previously and now the connection should be complete.
"It will be stronger," Brodeur said. "They guaranteed me it's going to be stronger than it was before. They don't even know how long I played with it like that (partially torn). But they said, 'You'll get stronger.' I don't know if that means I'm going to be quicker. Does it mean it's going to be better? I hope so. That's going to be the rehab part of it."
There seems to be no possibility of Brodeur coming back in less time than three or four months.
"I just know I can't do anything for two months," he said. "The first doctor told me it's a clear four months. Don't even think about (playing) before that. Now, talking to other guys, they say it's depending on how you recover and how comfortable you are because after two months you won't hurt it again. It's a matter of getting yourself to do the movement that you're used to without thinking about it. So, whenever, I get that out of my mind. It could take two months, three months, who knows?"
Brodeur's most humorous response came when he was asked if there was any silver lining to this injury.
"I don't know that that will be," he said. "That I will be more rested. God forbid we win the Cup, next year I'll play 30 games. I'll just come back in March every year. I hope (winning the Cup) is what's going to happen."
Then Brodeur stopped laughing and became serious.
"But it's not a time to find any positive things because you're sitting there and you see your team and you have a lot of injuries. You want to be there to try to help and weather a storm and you're part of that storm. You're the one that's (hurting) them almost because you're not there. So, for me, there's no really bright spot about it. I don't think it's going to give me an opportunity to be better. It's an injury, it's hard to have a bright spot."
Brodeur vowed to return this season.
"For me, I'll be back eventually, I'll be back soon enough," he said. "I'll do my part when I come back."
I'll have more from Brodeur in my article in The Record tomorrow.