Devils right-winger Brian Rolston to miss 4-6 weeks after sports hernia surgery

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey Devils right-winger Brian Rolston is expected to miss at least a month after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia.

The Devils said Rolston was placed on long-term injured reserve after Thursday’s procedure in Philadelphia. The IR move freed US$5 million off the team’s salary cap.

The short-handed Devils, who started with 20 players on the roster, recalled defenceman Matt Corrente and centres Tim Sestito and Jacob Josefson from Albany of the American Hockey League.

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The Devils also disclosed Thursday that defenceman Mark Fraser has a broken right hand. General manager Lou Lamoriello said Fraser’s hand probably was broken in a first-period fight with Buffalo’s Cody McCormick on Wednesday night. The Devils beat the Sabres 1-0 in overtime.

Rolston, a 16-year veteran who scored 20 goals last season, was injured in New Jersey’s loss at Washington on Saturday.