The New Jersey Devils will have to operate without a captain for at least a few more days, as Andy Greene has been placed on injured reserve. Matt Tennyson has been recalled in Greene’s place, after starting the year with the Binghamton Devils of the AHL. Players are required to spend at least seven days on injured reserve, though Greene’s stint is retroactive to his last game on Wednesday.
Greene suffered an upper-body injury against the Philadelphia Flyers, missing the end of that game and yesterday’s tilt against the Edmonton Oilers. The Devils lost both, taking them to a disappointing 0-2-2 start in a season that they were expected to compete for a playoff spot. Those higher expectations came with the additions of players like P.K Subban, whose presence has given head coach John Hynes another workhorse defenseman to lean on. Even discounting the game against the Flyers, Greene had already been asked to play a little less than in recent years, failing to even receive 20 minutes of ice time in a game that went to overtime against the Winnipeg Jets.
The 36-year old may be taking on less responsibility, but he is still an extremely important part of the Devils and will be missed while he deals with this injury. The team needs desperately to secure a win to keep pace in the Metropolitan Division, but have the tough test of heading into Boston to face the Bruins tomorrow night. Greene will miss at least that game and Monday’s tilt against the Florida Panthers, though it is not clear exactly how long he will be out after that.
Tennyson, 29, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Devils as soon as free agency opened this year and carries an NHL cap hit of just $700K. The veteran defenseman has played 124 games at the NHL level, but just four last season.