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Devils name Salvador captain

Jan 17, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils have announced that defenseman Bryce Salvador will become 10th captain in franchise history.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Salvador said. “I think it’s just a huge compliment for an organization like New Jersey — with the success and the history they have and all the previous captains — for them to select me as the next captain was just an honor.”

Salvador, 36, joined the Devils in 2008 via trade (for Cam Janssen, no less.) The steady rearguard has been a boon for New Jersey ever since, missing just nine games over the last three seasons while racking up 39 points.

In last year’s playoffs, Salvador rose to prominence by notching 4G-10A-14PTS in 24 games, finishing second to Drew Doughty in defensemen scoring.

The Devils rewarded Salvador’s postseason scoring binge with a three-year, $9.5 million extension in July.

Once the club puts needle to sweater, Salvador will join select company as players to wear the “C” for New Jersey, joining Mel Bridgman, Bruce Driver, Patrik Elias, Jamie Langenbrunner, Don Lever, Kirk Muller, Scott Niedermayer, Zach Parise and Scott Stevens.

Stevens is the longest-serving captain in franchise history, with 12 seasons.

It should be noted the club also announced that Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk would retain their alternate statuses for the 2013 season.

  1. mpg44 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Good decision by the coaching staff!! A true team leader.

  2. bloominoctober - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Glad to see Bryce getting the nod. He’s a great team player, a great leader, and a helluva D-man.

  3. kicksave1980 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    One of the biggest fleecings of all time, when the Devils got him for Cam Janssen. He’s always been an underrated defenseman going back to his days in St. Louis.

    • 950003cups - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      you forgot that they got Janssen back too. So it was basically for NOTHING

      • lateralous - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        It was basically for nothing even before they got CamJam back

  4. jaredphi - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Well earned by Bryce. He performed admirably in the playoffs last season.

    Guesses on who will be NJ’s next Captain since Bryce is getting up there in years?

    I’m guessing Zajac, seeing as how they gave him an 8-yr deal yesterday….or maybe Henrique…..hrmmmm…I’ll go with Zajac.

  5. Brian - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    “The steady rearguard has been a boon for New Jersey ever since, missing just nine games over the last three seasons while racking up 39 points.”

    Salvador missed ALL of 2010-11 with a concussion. So, not exactly “just nine games over the last three seasons.”

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