NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Devils centre Bobby Holik will be sidelined three to four weeks with a broken pinkie.
He was injured Saturday night in Washington and is scheduled for surgery Tuesday, general manager and president Lou Lamoriello said Monday.
The Devils recalled left-winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond from Lowell of the AHL to take Holik's roster spot. He is expected to play Wednesday against Dallas, skating with Mike Rupp and David Clarkson.
"The guys that are playing just have to do the job for you," coach Brent Sutter said. "You go through it at different points in the year, every team does. The teams that handle it the right way and deal with it the right way are always the ones that seem to get through it the best."
Letourneau-Leblond is the third rookie to see ice time this season, joining defenceman Anssi Salmela and forward Petr Vrana. Vrana scored Saturday, becoming the 13th player in club history to score in his NHL debut. Vrana got into the lineup after Brian Rolston sprained an ankle in Atlanta on Thursday.
Lamoriello said an MRI and X-rays on the ankle were negative, but there is no timetable for Rolston's return.
Rolston and Holik were signed as free agents in the off-season, rejoining the franchise where both won Stanley Cup championships.