After failing to come to terms with the Devils before unrestricted free agency, Salvador watched Dennis Wideman get a $5.25 million cap hit from the Calgary Flames over five years and Hal Gill get a $2 million hit from the Nashville Predators for two years.
"There's kind of a nice range (between $5.25 million and $2 million per season) where I'd fit in," Salvador told the Star Ledger.
Well, the Lou Lamoriello Kool-Aid he drank was strong enough to keep that range on the low end: Salvador re-signed with the Devils for three years and $9.5 million, an average cap hit of $3.16 million.
According to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, Salvador received offers as a UFA that the Devils ended up matching. Also from Gulitti:
"Salvador did not receive or ask for a no-trade. Like Brodeur, he did get a signing bonus as a little protection against possible lockout."
(Remember that signing bonus stuff if and when Parise signs; it could determine where he's headed.)
A three-year deal for a 36-year-old seems a bit much in today's NHL, but that's how the Devils were going to keep him. Also keep in mind Salvador missed the entire 2010-11 season with an inner ear ailment. He was sixth in total average ice time on the team at 20:12, and second in shorthanded ice time at 3:04 per game last season.
So the debt-ridden, cash-strapped New Jersey Devils have now signed eight free agents in the last week — Cam Janssen, Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Peter Harrold, Marty Brodeur, Johan Hedberg and Bryce Salvador; they lost Alexei Ponikarovsky to Winnipeg and Eric Boulton to the Islanders.
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