The Devils announced today that they have placed defenseman Paul Martin on injured reserve retroactive to the last game he played on Nov. 1 against Atlanta.
Also, the Devils returned right wing Patrick Davis to Lowell after he played in his first NHL game Sunday night against Edmonton.
Martin, who has missed the last four games with upper body soreness, will still be eligible to play in Wednesday's game against the Rangers because he has not played for more than the seven days he would be required to sit out.
I think this was one of those roster tidying moves that was actually made on Sunday. With Barry Tallackson activated from long-term injured reserve, he actually counts against the team's NHL roster even though he is assigned to Lowell on conditioning.
So, the call-ups Sunday of Davis and defenseman Jay Leach would have put the Devils at 24 players if Martin wasn't put on IR.
Davis' return to Lowell is probably a positive sign that Brian Gionta is feeling better and will be ready to play on Wednesday.
That Leach has stayed probably is insurance for Martin and Bryce Salvador, who missed Sunday's game after being hit in the back of the left foot with a John Madden shot on Saturday in Detroit.