05-06 was coming immediately off of the Lockout year and attendance across the league was wonky. St Louis might have struggled initially on those first two years after the lockout simply out of backlash and the fact that the team was in their first playoff slump since the 1970s, but attendance had already rebounded by 2007-2008 well before the Salvador trade (which was late in the season in February of 2008) even with a crappy team that finished 5th in the division. While bringing in a hometown player might have given us a discount, it had nothing to do with raising flagging attendance as that issue had already been fixed. As I recall, St Louis simply had a logjam of defensemen and Bryce was the odd man out.
Yeah this. At the time, they weren't going to be able to sign both Jackman and Salvador. In fact most people had Jackman as the one being traded, but deadline day came and Sal was the guy. I can't imagine the Devils gave the best offer, but somehow they made the move