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Devils’ Henrique skates for first time since November

Jan 16, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils addressed part of the long-term future for their forward group by handing Travis Zajac a big extension, but the short-term is still fuzzy.

On the bright side, GM Lou Lamoriello said that Adam Henrique resumed skating on Wednesday, according to the Bergen Record.

Devils fans shouldn’t get overly excited just yet, however, as Lamoriello still estimates that will be “a couple of weeks” until Henrique begins shooting pucks again.

Henrique had a hand cast removed on Jan. 4 after suffering a thumb injury while playing a late November game in the AHL. It sounds like he’s more or less on track to return in early February, as expected.

New Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer will need to be resourceful to squeeze out enough offense from a group that will be without Henrique for a while and also lost captain Zach Parise, but at least Ilya Kovalchuk is back.

  1. thecheeman - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Everybody’s focusing too much on who’s not there for the Devils. Last year we had nobody to run the point of the PP for the first half of the season, they tried trading for Kurtis Foster to be that guy, then shipped him out again, and then finally traded for Zidlicky. Starting the year with him will be a big boost to capitalizing on PPs.

    Zajac our first line center we didn’t have for really the entire season except the last month.

    Adam Larsson will be the biggest x-factor on the team this year. He had brief flashes of brilliance last year, then looked a little lost, then got destroyed by Subban on a check that put him out for a while, then he came back and mostly watched the Devils playoff run. IF he can synthesize what he’s been through and become a force whose presence is at least felt on the ice every shift, then the Devils could be just fine.

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