Bryce Salvador is looking for stability. That’s why the 32-year-old defenseman lists contract length and a no-movement clause as his top two priorities in negotiating his next deal.
Salvador will become an unrestricted free agent at noon on Tuesday if the Devils don’t sign him to a new deal before then.
"Definitely, the most important thing is term and then the no-movement (clause)," Salvador said today. "I'm looking for that stability, especially after going through being traded this past season. We have a young son and maybe looking to have another child down the road and that stability is a big thing. After the term and the no-movement clause, then comes the dollars."
Salvador, who came to the Devils in a Feb. 26 trade that sent Cam Janssen to St. Louis, did not discuss the dollar figures or length of contract he is seeking. He earned $1.5 million last season.
A no-movement clause could turn out to be a sticking point. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello hasn’t been one to hand out no-movement clauses easily, though he did give them to Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias.
Salvador didn't rule out accepting a limited no-movement clause, which gives the player the option of naming teams he would accept a trade to and/or gives the team a limited window in which it can trade the player.
"It's something you talk about,” Salvador said. “It depends upon what team it is."
Salvador said his agent, Carlos Sosa, has not talked to Lamoriello, “lately.”
“But we had some talks before the draft and I'm sure we'll be talking again soon," he said. "We'll definitely be in touch. There's a lot to talk about: What direction are they going? How do they view you? It's a big decision from both standpoints. You've got to make it the right one."
Although Salvador is fewer than five days away from being an unrestricted free agent and being able to field offers from other teams, he said he’s still willing to re-sign with the Devils before July 1 and also left open the window to re-sign after then.
"I'm still Devils' property and that's all I'm thinking about right now," he said. "And if I don't get a deal done before July 1, that doesn't mean I won't still sign with New Jersey."