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Henrik Tallinder still isn’t close to returning

Henrik Tallinder, Justin Williams

New Jersey Devils’ Henrik Tallinder, front, of Sweden, and Los Angeles Kings’ Justin Williams compete for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


The Devils’ winning ways have all been going on without the help of puck-moving defenseman Henrik Tallinder and it’s not looking good for him to return anytime soon.

Tallinder has been out of action since January 17 thanks to a blood clot in his leg, and according to Rich Chere, Devils coach Peter DeBoer isn’t seeing him come back any time soon.

“Tallinder is still status quo. Nothing on the horizon,” coach Pete DeBoer said today.

After being out for eight weeks you’d hope there would be some sort of improvement in his condition, but that’s not the case here. In his place, the Devils have used Marek Zidlicky to fill the void. The Devils haven’t been worse for the wear with Zidlicky in there as he’s played decently since coming over from Minnesota.

Still, the Devils would rather have Tallinder in there to spell some of their younger players on defense. With the playoffs on the horizon next for New Jersey, they’ll be hoping that Tallinder can at least join them then. With things being “status quo” however, that’s not looking promising.