Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Devils acquire Salvador

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired forward Cam Janssen from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Bryce Salvador.
>>> team release
The Blues had been trying to re-sign Salvador, who is a UFA this summer and has been in the Blues organization since 2000-01, but he's apparently headed for a payday on July 1.

The Devils, meanwhile, are looking for experience on defence, and would like to move Vitali Vishnevski out of a regular role on the blueline. My guess is they'll add another defender before the day's over.

Salvador, 32, plays on the penalty kill and was used in a shutdown role in St. Louis alongside Eric Brewer, where he'd done quite well this season. He's played close to 20 minutes a game and will fit in well with the Devils.

Janssen, meanwhile, is a little used enforcer whose contributions include suspensions and fights. He's also from St. Louis.

“We feel that Cam’s style of play will bring energy and grit to our lineup and being from St. Louis, feel that he will be an instant fan favorite here,” said Davidson. “Our depth at defense enabled us to make this move. We admire and respect Bryce as a player for what he did on and off the ice in St. Louis and thank Bryce and his wife April for their contributions as members of our family.”

Devils coach Brent Sutter has gotten incredible contributions from his unheralded defence this season, a group that is led by Paul Martin. Andy Greene, Mike Mottau, Colin White, Johnny Oduya and Karel Rachunek round out a cast we have heard very little about despite the fact New Jersey could finish first in the Eastern Conference.

“In Bryce Salvador, we have acquired a veteran NHL defenseman with good size and strength who plays a physical game,” said Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. “We look forward to the depth Bryce will bring to our roster.”

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At 10:53 a.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger BDH said...

Wonder if there's a chance a chance Rachuneck or a younger defenseman (Greene?) gets flipped since the NJDs now have 9 on D. I hope it's not Greene...


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