Salvador is a serviceable NHL defenseman with one year left on a contract at what is an average salary for an NHL defenseman. If someone was willing to take Tallinder off our hands, they would do the same for Salvador. Volchenkov can be amnestied, if that's the route Lou wants to go.
If Clowe is not playing, it means his salary won't count towards the cap, and would be paid by insurance. When he's on the ice, he's a useful player who is moderately overpaid.
You can look at a player's value relative to his contract if you want to do some kind of abstract analysis of what player gives you the most bang for the buck. In real life though, a player's salary only matters to the extent that it prevents a team from making some other plausible roster move. You have yet to specify what player is out there that the Devils cannot now get because certain players are overpaid.
Otherwise, none of us has any idea if ownership has an internal budget on salary, and under what circumstances it would be willing to bend if the right player becomes available.
EDIT: By way of example, the Wild had one of the worst allocations of salary over the past couple of years in Dany Heatley. It did not prevent them from getting Parise and Suter, or trading for Pommenville, or doing anything else that they wanted to do.
Thats kind of the point why I wan't salvador or A-Train out. They MAYYY bring something useful once in awhile but guys like Fayne and Greene can take over that role + bring some offence once in awhile.
I want this team to become younger, faster and I want our kids to get more experience. Totally willing to deal with rookies brain farts at time. I did it all season with Gelinas and Merril and it never bothered me.
To me Greene is a better veteran and presence than Sal + plus he had some big moments scoring big goals for us. Needs to play steady
Merril will be really solid, seems like he has all the tools, he simply has to play now and learn in the NHL. Needs to play steady
Gelinas still have some stuff to work on but again he'll learn by playing and gaining confidence. Needs to play steady
Larsson, that poor kid. Was playing 20+ minutes awhile ago and then was rotting in the AHL. I don't think he'll become the top dman we all wanted, i just don't see him having the tools it needs but we'll see. He'll be a solid top 4 dman at the very least. Needs to play steady
Zids bring too much offence and creates so much that we can't let him go yet while we need production desperately. He's really not great defensively but at least he can make plays and get the puck out of the zone. A-Train and Sal can only slap it around the boards or off the glass. Only giving the puck to the other team most of the time. Needs to play steady
Fayne is a perfect top 4 for us IMO, he's still young and can produce once in awhile and can be real solid defensively. Needs to play steady
Harrold... well wtv. I like what he can bring once in awhile. I dont mind him but there's just no room. Perfect 7th guy i guess.
If there's injuries there's a few guys we can call up too it's really not a problem, especially if we already have 7-8 dmen in the NHL, some can take on bigger roles.
bottom line... i honestly don't think Sal or Volch are making us that much better "now" to compensate from not "investing" in our younger guys, which is what our future strength will be.
Edited by SterioDesign, 15 April 2014 - 11:31 AM.