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Devils leaning against using final compliance buyout

Jun 23, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils exercised the first of their two compliance buyouts last summer when they parted ways with goaltender Johan Hedberg, but it looks like Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is content to let the second buyout expire.

“It’s unlikely,” Lamoriello told the Star-Ledger, regarding the possibility of buying out a player. “No decisions have been made yet. We still have time on our side, but it’s unlikely.”

If the Devils were to use it, it would likely be to get out of the final two seasons of defenseman Anton Volchenkov‘s six-year, $25.5 million contract. The defensive defenseman has seen his role with New Jersey reduced in recent years to the point where he averaged just 16:47 minutes per game in 2013-14.

The Devils have roughly $59.3 million in cap space committed to 17 players next season, per Cap Geek, and don’t have any costly free agents to re-sign, so they can afford to keep Volchenkov.

  1. jessl83 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    We may have the $ to keep him but we have younger, better defensemen that should take his spot…Larsson is one.

  2. nj666 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I’m fine with keeping volchenkov, Its salvador who is the real cancer of the team.

    • dontbebitter - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Salvador doesn’t play enough to be the cancer of the team. He’s the captain… I’m fine with keeping him for the final year of his contract out of respect for the C. What I’m not fine with is Lou throwing away a get out of jail free card by not buying out Volchenkov. Our highest paid D-man is not even in the top 4 of quality. Get rid of him and his $4.25M contract.

      • nj666 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        “out of respect for the C” he drags the team down, and averages about 20 minutes a game. He doesn’t lead by example and never has had the poise of a real leader, he’s probably a nice guy, but a lousy pro-hockey player and captain. The guy skates slow, has no physical presence, and cant get the puck out of his own zone. At least Volchenkov can block a shot and check forwards. When you look at the prices as well its not like Salvador is all that much cheaper. This team cant afford another year of him in the lineup as captain with minutes he receives.

      • 950003cups - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        It’s not Salvador’s fault that he lost a step and still gets 20 mins a game. It’s DeBoer’s fault. He’s a bad coach. I don’t care what Jagr says. He may be great for Jagr. BUt he’s TERRIBLE for the youth and future of the team.

  3. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Lou must drive you Devils fans nuts …

  4. lateralous - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    …and the 2+ year logjam at D continues. I really hope they don’t keep Salchenkov at the expense of Fayne. The roster management in NJ has been curious for a while now but that would be completely unacceptable.

  5. thecheeman - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Hopefully Lou is being coy because he’s trying to trade him to some desperate stupid team that needs defensemen *cough* oilers *cough*. He somehow managed to trade Tallinder away so I’m remaining optimistic for now.

    Of course he gave Volchenkorpse a No Trade Clause, so who knows.

  6. jaredwmoore - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    It makes no sense for Lou to not use a compliance buyout. The Devils already have younger defensemen who are cheaper and better than Volchenkov and Salvador. They would be smart to re-sign Mark Fayne, who again, is better than Volchenkov and Salvador. As somebody else mentioned, they don’t have a ton of cap space (around 11.8 million), but they do have a need for a forward who can consistently score goals and they’re going to have to resign Schneider and Andy Greene to extensions.

    For what it’s worth, Lou had similar comments last year

    • jaredwmoore - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      ….sent my comment when I wasn’t done typing. Stupid fat fingers.

      Anyways, Lou had similar comments last year around this time but they used a compliance buyout for Johan Hedberg after the Schneider trade. In an ideal world, Lou would find somebody to take on one of those contracts so he could compliance buyout the other and be done with both players. Then they could play Larsson, Merrill, and Gelinas and be better off in the long run doing so.

  7. jaredwmoore - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    ….sent my comment when I wasn’t done typing. Stupid fat fingers.

    Anyways, Lou had similar comments last year around this time but they used a compliance buyout for Johan Hedberg after the Schneider trade. In an ideal world, Lou would find somebody to take on one of those contracts so he could compliance buyout the other and be done with both players. Then they could play Larsson, Merrill, and Gelinas and be better off in the long run doing so.

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