Oh. Well, OK, that's not too surprising, but Zubrus skating has to be a good sign, right?
Way to be a buzzkill, Pete. But seriously, Tallinder and Zubrus are not exactly dealing with "tweaks," so it's not a a surprise in the least they're not ready to just jump back in. Zubrus, in particular, has a rehab process to go through and he's not yet done with his original four-to-six-week recovery timetable. It's a good sign that he's back on the ice, but I'd guess he won't practice for at least another seven to 10 days. As for Tallinder, I think it's obvious now that whatever lower-body injury is ailing him is worse than originally let on. (I'll pause while you recoil your shocked face.) What the injury is remains a mystery, although it's good that he's now skated multiple times without a setback. I'd love to put a number on his return, but the lack of clarity from the Devils makes that difficult. If I had to guess, I'd say the earliest we see him is next Thursday.
DeBoer did say that it's possible Brodeur could return this weekend, but reiterated that it's a day-to-day thing. The way the Devils have handled Marty's back injury, my guess is the Devils won't let him go anywhere near a game until he can run through the NFL's combine drills without feeling so much as a twinge, tweak or nudge in his 40-year-old back. Scary as it is to hear, it also wouldn't surprise me if he and Johan Hedberg end up in even more of a timeshare than they had been to start the year. The Devils will likely take it easy with Brodeur when he returns, wanting to be sure he doesn't aggravate the injury any further. Prepare yourself for a goaltending platoon, folks.