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Devils undecided on possible buyout for Volchenkov, Salvador

Jun 17, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

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Day two of the NHL’s compliance buyout window, and it sounds like the New Jersey Devils are right in the thick of discussions about whether to use their final one or not. From the Star-Ledger:

Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday that the team is still considering whether to use a compliance buyout by the June 30 deadline to shed one contract from its books.

Although there has been speculation that the Devils could buy out the remaining $8.5 million (two years) on defenseman Anton Volchenkov‘s contract, or even the final $3.25 million season on captain Bryce Salvador‘s contract, Lamoriello said it’s not definite the team will buy anyone out.

“Absolutely not. You don’t use something ju for the sake of using it. If it is used it will be for the right reasons, but that’s not saying it will be used,” Lamoriello said.

Last year, the Devils used a compliance buyout on goalie Johan Hedberg just a short while after acquiring Cory Schneider from Vancouver. The move wasn’t so much for cap relief as it was to alleviate a positional logjam; Lamoriello also indicated he made the move out of respect for Hedberg, in the hope the goalie could catch on somewhere else.

“It’s not [Johan’s] fault this transaction took place,” Lamoriello said. “It was [a trade] that we had the opportunity to make, and for the franchise it had to be done. We tried for the last two days to get whatever scenario there was in [Johan’s] best interest and we were unsuccessful.

“He had a no-trade [clause], so we’ve been working together, but we had to do this (buy him out) today.”

With Volchenkov or Salvador, a buyout would be more fiscally driven. Volchenkov’s cap hit is $4.25 million while Salvador’s is $3.167 million, and the former seems like the most probable candidate given his plummeting ice time (Volchenkov averaged the least of any Devils defenseman last year) and the fact he missed extensive time over the last two years with a myriad of injuries.

Salvador, currently serving as the team’s captain, has also struggled mightily with injuries over the last two years but does log solid minute when healthy, averaging over 20 last season.

That said, both are longtime Devils and based on how Lamoriello reacted to buying out Hedberg, getting rid of either Volchenkov or Salvador doesn’t sound like it’ll be an easy decision.

  1. lateralous - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Use the compliance buyout on Volch and a standard buyout on Sal and finally be done with the 3 year logjam on D.

  2. downwithbettman - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Use the compliance buyout on Volchenkov, use a regular on Salvador. We need to resign Gelinas and Larsson and actually let them play. They are our future, I like Volchenkov, but he gets injured to easily and Salvador is just bad. We need to make room financially for free agents or hopefully a big name player (via trade). We need extra cap space due to the $3 mil penalty.

  3. thecheeman - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Devils fans as a whole have no positive feelings toward Volchenkov. While his 4 years might qualify as “longtime” in some books, it just kind of feels like there was a ghost wearing 24 out there once in a while that entire time. If the Devils bought him out he wouldn’t be remembered or missed.

    • dontbebitter - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Everything you’ve said is true… except Volch is #28 not 24. That’s Salvador. But yeah Volchenkov was a beast/monster shot blocker and hitter for Ottawa. When he came over I was excited, but it seemed short lived as he has never really been the same after taking that shot to the face in Washington. He is the only buyout candidate, and Lou better use it on him.

  4. 950003cups - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Volchenkov’s contract is better to use the CBO because it would otherwise hold a 1.4 cap hit for 4 years. While Salvador is a 1.0 for 2 years. Better to just buyout Salvador and CBO Volchenkov.

  5. henrik4dawin - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Halford you left in a random link in there without anything connected in it– also it’s in the middle of a quote. Just a heads up

  6. eng201igorsukh - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    “You don’t use something ju for the sake of using it.”

    Truer words have never been spoken right there.

  7. mizzike20 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Both of these guys are injury prone, slow, spare part players at this point in their careers. If you’re going to miss the playoffs, do it by letting the kids play instead of these two. If you’re going to keep one of the two, I’d prefer to see Salvador and then ship Larsson to Edmonton for Yakupov seeing as though neither player is in good standing with their current coaching staff.

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