Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said tonight that goaltender Martin Brodeur received medical clearance to begin on-ice workouts and skated earlier today.
It was his first time on the ice since he tore his left biceps tendon on Nov. 1 against Atlanta. Brodeur had surgery to repair the tendon on Nov. 6 and has been working out off the ice for the last three weeks.
"Marty went to the doctor today and got the OK to skate," Lamoriello said. "He did skate today, but I would not rush that. And by saying he's skating, it's part of the physical therapy he's going through. It will be a day-to-day situation as far as skating goes with the exercise he does."
Lamoriello said Brodeur did not take shots and has not been cleared to do so yet. He would not estimate how long Brodeur skated for and did not know if he would skate again on Thursday.
"He just skating," Lamoriello said. "There mght be a puck on the ice. There's movement, but it has nothing to do with taking shots. But he did go on the ice today and has the OK to skate and that's it and to do different theraputic exercises on the ice. It will be a day-to-day situation as far as skating goes with the exercies he does. We don't know from day to day whether he will or he won't (skate)."
Lamoriello said Brodeur's recovery remains on schedule and that the "target" remains March 1 for him go "full-out" in a practice.
"Could it be sooner? Possibly," Lamoriello said. "Could it be later? We certainly hope not because of where he is as far as his schedule, But that's the target. Chances are it's sooner than later."
"(Brodeur) is right on time, right to the day as far as what they said would transpire," Lamoriello said. "He's right on schedule to what they thought and there has been no regression whatsoever. We're still on the same timetable we were with the target of March 1."
Lamoriello said the next step in Brodeur's recovery, "is actually taking shots and doing everything he has to do when he gets to practice."