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Devils don’t have any buyout plans

Jun 20, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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When it comes to compliance buyouts, the New Jersey Devils may choose not use them. But, that could be subject to change in the coming days.

“We are not contemplating a buyout at this point,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger.

“You have two years to do it and you can do it with two contracts. Right now there is no thought of a buyout.

“Could that change? Yes. I would tell the player if I was going to do it, and I have not told any players.”

Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov has been suggested before as a possible candidate for a buyout.

He’s got three more years remaining on a six-year, $25.5 million deal with New Jersey, and is a cap hit of $4.25 million per season.

In 37 regular season games with the Devils in 2013, Volchenkov had one goal and points, to go with a minus-one rating.

  1. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Shoot you need to have money to buyout a player. Vanderbeek can barely foot the bills he has now let alone pay Vochenkov not to play.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      He’s paying him now to be a liability to the team. He’s better off paying him not to be. And besides, he’s doing just fine with the bills now. But you know, it’s hard to live when someone owes you $300 million dollars.

  2. devilsarethebest - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    There’s no way in hell this is true. Volchie has a knack for getting game losing penalties. You know when he goes to the box during a tie game you’re screwed. And please buyout Hedberg and his 6-10-0 record so we can get a normal goalie after Marty. Please.

    • Mike Williams - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      You have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to the Devils goalie situation. Yes Hedberg had a poor season last year but he is one of the better, more reliable backup goalies in the league. The Devils have a promising goalie in their system in Scott Wedgewood but I’d say he is about 3 or 4 years away from making the jump to the NHL. As for the time period between that, we have Keith Kinkaid who I believe is ready to make the jump after this upcoming season when both goalies contracts are up. No need to worry about Marty’s replacement just yet.

  3. gbditka - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Have to say adios to Anton Volchenkov and the worst Captain in the history of NHL Hockey, Bryce Salvador. Clear his 3,166,167 million and find someone that can be a team leader on & off the ice!

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Totally agree. We have the worst Captain in the NHL. The man has zero skill and was named captain after a good playoffs. Hey Lou, let me tell you a secret. Kovy had a much better postseason.

  4. martysbetter - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM


    We have 7 dmen (assuming Zidlicky leaves and Harrold comes back as the 7th) with Gelinas, Merril, and Urbom all waiting to crack the NHL roster…

    Unless he’s planning on using one of our D prospects in a deal for a top 6 forward I don’t see why Volchenkov wouldn’t be bought out – he’s been a shadow of himself for a while now…the last big hit I remember seeing him throw was against that scumbag Rinaldo in the ECSF last year (yes Filthy fans, I know he got him back minutes later).

  5. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Whats Vanderbeek he going to buy Salvador and Volchenkov out with? Stock options? Free drinks at the Fire and Ice Lounge?

    • killerpgh - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      The owner actually saves money when he buys out a player. You only pay 2/3 (or just 1/3 if player in under 26 years old) of the owed money over twice the length of the remaining years. I’m pretty sure any owner could afford to per less.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Except the owner who is in the news about twice a week talking about how he can’t pay his bills. Too bad the Devils deserve better.

  6. billyhauntswizards - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I’m stunned if this is true. I was sure Volchenkov would get bought out, he’s awful.

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