One of the reasons that Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello held his conference call at 11:15 this morning was to get it out of the way before the free agent market opened at noon.
"At 12 o' clock we just want to focus all of our time on the free agency situation," he said.
When asked how active he planned to be today, Lamoriello replied, "It will be very interesting. We’re going to be just like everybody else, trying to better our team. We have to keep some sanity into what we’re doing. Whatever decisions are for today and tomorrow, but we’ll certainly see what’s available to make ourselves better and we’ll do that if we can.”
Lamoriello said the decision to re-sign Salvador doesn't mean he won't look to upgrade the defense through free agency or via trade.
“This does not mean anything we have is status quo," he said. "This does not in any way say that. This is a foundation as far as getting better.”
Salvador's agent, Carlos Sosa, said the although they did not get a no-movement clause or even a limited one, they still believe they have stability in their four-year deal.
"We didn't get (the no-movement), but we got four years at $2.9 (million)," Sosa said. "That acts as a no-trade clause because either he'll be great and it will be a good deal or if he's not playing so well, he'll be a tough guy to trade. It's a good deal."
Sosa said the sides agreed on the deal late Monday night.
Those hoping that the Devils would acquire the RFA rights to Joni Pitkanen will be interested to learn that Edmonton just traded him to Carolina for Erik Cole.