Lou Lamoriello told media on Monday that it is unlikely the New Jersey Devils will use their final compliance buyout this season. Fans have longed for the buyout of either veteran defensemen Anton Volchenkov or Bryce Salvador.
Both Volchenkov and Salvador are taking up prime roster space for younger defensive studs ready to play in the NHL. It just would not make sense to keep both of them.
Remember, following the 2013 season, Lamoriello also said they were unlikely to use a compliance buyout. Only a few days later, after the Devils traded for goaltender Cory Schneider at the draft, the contract of Johan Hedberg was bought out.
Perhaps Lamoriello is waiting until after the draft in Philadelphia this Thursday night before making any buyout decisions. He is probably trying to deal one of the veterans to get forward prospects or picks. If all else fails and he cannot trade at least one of the two, he will use the compliance buyout.
If I had a choice, I would buyout Salvador. Although he is captain, and a shoddy one at that, he is too slow non-physical to make any beneficial impact for the team going forward.
Volchenkov is slow, but is still one of the more physical players in the league. He is known for the big hits and is one of the few Devils defensemen that can clear the crease. He also had a great season in 2013-14 and is a much more solid defenseman than Salvador.