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8/11/2006 12:04:33 PM

The New Jersey Devils will be without forward Jason Wiemer for at least six months after he underwent knee surgery last week.

"He had an injury during the playoffs and also had previous knee trouble," general manager Lou Lamoriello tells the Newark Star Ledger. "The evaluation was to have the knee reconstructed."

The Devils may also be without defenseman Richard Matvichuk to start the season as well. The 33 year old has not progressed as quickly from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, according to the New York Post.

The pair will be placed on the Long-Term Injury List which will clear more than $2.3-million from the Devils' salary cap. The team are reportedly over the $44-million salary cap for the upcoming season but have until October 4 to get under the limit.

However, Lamoriello is still trying to work out a deal with restricted free agent Brian Gionta, who is said to be seeking a deal which will average $3.5-million. Paul Martin and David Hale are also restricted free agents while Erik Rasmussen and backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen are unrestricted.

Lamoriello says all will be invited to training camp and it is his intention to get everyone signed.
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