PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 20: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on April 20, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Martin Brodeur is a little shifty-eyed about this whole Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne being injured thing, as is Devils coach Jacques Lemaire. Here's an excerpt from a report by Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti:
Was Lemaire suggesting that the Flyers are not being entirely truthful about the injuries?
"Uh huh," he said.
Has Lemaire ever seen a team announce a player was out with an injury and then the player played anyway?
"Uh huh," he said again. "A bigger uh huh."
Lemaire wasn’t the only one who wasn’t convinced that Carter and Gagne won’t play.
"We can’t control these things," goaltender Martin Brodeur said. "If they are out, it’s a positive for us. It’s something to rally with, hopefully. They say they’re out. Are they going to be out? Who knows? That’s playoff hockey. You never know, so you don’t want to get that false information early on and feel good about it. We’ll see when game time comes. That shouldn’t be a rallying point, but if (they don’t play), that’s something that, hopefully, we’ll take advantage of."
We can only hope their fears come true, but I really doubt the Flyers are lying to this extent about these injuries. It would absolutely shock me if they gave the run around to this extent, but I guess crazier things have happened. Oh, and for the record, Gulitti said in the comments on that linked article that he doesn't doubt the Flyers either.
I guess you can't fault the Devils for being suspicious, but it seems pretty far-fetched to me.
(H/T Steve Lepore for the link)