Devils center Adam Henrique, who required surgery last month to reattach a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, got the cast off his hand this week and now will require three and a half to four weeks of rehab, general manager Lou Lamoriello said today.
That probably means that Henrique would not be ready to play if the NHL owners’ lockout is settled and play gets under way by commissioner Gary Bettman’s stated deadline of Jan. 19.
Lamoriello said the healing process has gone well so far, though.
Henrique, a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year last season, was injured while playing for the Albany Devils in an American Hockey League game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 25 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. He had surgery four days later and was originally projected to be out for four to six weeks.
“I jammed it,” Henrique told me on Nov. 30 (the day after his surgery). “It was just one of those freak little plays, I guess. I must have bent it a little funny and the ligament was torn, so that was it.”
Henrique said it was the “same injury” that Devils center Jacob Josefson sustained two years ago. Josefson ended up missing two and a half months and 30 games.
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