Salvador is the captain of the team and management is up his arse for whatever reason. As far as cash strapped, the amnesty buyout helps you with cash right now when you can put in a cheap replacement for an expensive player. I just explained how that is the case. As far as whether young defensemen pan out, Volchenkov averaged 16 minutes a game this year. If we can't find one of either Harrold, Gelinas, Urbom, or Merrill to replace those 16 minutes at least as adequately as Volchenkov played (if not better) then our vaunted defensive prospect depth is the most highly overrated asset in the league.
Mind you, Salvador averaged 21 minutes a game. Odds are that if he was out there that much more he was seeing harder competition as you like to put it. He might have looked worse for wear against the top lines in the game. I don't know this for sure because I don't delve into the advanced statistics.
If the Devils are cash-strapped, they can trade players. They can pick up parts of contracts of players they deal. And, most importantly, if they're cash strapped, there is zero reason to use a compliance buyout on Volchenkov when a regular one does just fine.
Volchenkov played 16 minutes, and his time at even strength isn't hard to replace. His time on the PK is hard to replace.
Just like what happened this year when guys got hurt, we got to see, oh wait, that's right, we had 8 d-men and didn't see any new faces until the last few games. So unless we DON'T resign either of Zid or Harrold, which would be a mistake in my eyes, we'll still have 7 defenseman. Imo, I don't see the risk in dumping him and keeping Harrold to play his spot if Urbom/Gelinas/Merrill can't take hold of it. Then if need be, we can pick up a vet as a 7th if none of the kids can handle that responsibility. I don't see how this blows up in our face.
Go back and look at how many D teams use - that NJ had to use injury replacements eventually is not surprising, especially considering how injury-prone some of these older D are. The Devils are going to make some moves with their D, but I don't think eating a bunch of money on Volchenkov right away is smarter than dealing Fayne or Tallinder and seeing what you can get for them. The Devils don't have anyone in their system like Volchenkov, I wouldn't be surprised if he lasts 2 more years and NJ uses a regular buyout on him for that 6th year.
Edited by Triumph, 02 May 2013 - 01:02 PM.