Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello recognizes that the team has some unrestricted free agents that have been with the team for a long time, such as John Madden and Brian Gionta, and would like to re-sign them.
He didn't mention any player by name, though.
"I haven't had a chance to sit down and talk to them and we don't talk during the season, but we have more than a couple unrestricted free agents that have been an integral part of this team and we have to do everything we can to keep them if possible," Lamoriello said. "It still comes down to being able to afford certain situations under different circumstances, but you never lose what these players gave this year and what they have given. Everything will be addressed and very methodically looked at and we'll see."
Lamoriello admitted that he won't be able to re-sign all of the team's unrestricted free agents, though.
"We have a lot of unrestricted free agents," Lamoriello said. "I would be impossible for us to have all of our unrestricted free agents back whether we wanted to or didn't want to. That's the only way I can answer that question."
Lamoriello said he wants to re-sign all of the team's restricted free agents -- Travis Zajac, Andy Greene, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond.
The salary cap number for 2009-10 is still unknown. It was $56.7 million for 2008-09 and might go down, depending upon the final NHL revenue figures.
Lamoriello said not knowing the number yet does make it more difficult to make some decisions on players at this time.
"There's no question that's a factor and it's an important factor because you not only have to look at what the cap is this year, but potentially next year and the year after," he said. "So, you have to make a lot of decisions not for one year, but two years or three years."
Lamoriello said the cap next season, "certainly won't be more than it's at and in all likelihood will be a little less unless there's something that I'm not aware of."
Lamoriello made a point today of thanking the team's fans.
"Our fans were just tremendous and the support that they gave us this year and what they created in this building was not only appreciated, but noticed and extremley helpful to the players," Lamoriello said. "Their response to what the building has brought and the enjoyment that they've also had rubs off in every directions. I think this building is what we all thought it would be and the fan support is coming and couldn't have been better than it was in the playoffs. It can always get better, but I'm saying it was tremendous."
Defenseman Bryce Salvador admitted he had an MCL sprain in his left knee. Like Kevin Weekes, who also had an MCL sprain,He will not require surgery.
As I posted earlier, Patrik Elias (Czech Republic), Travis Zajac (Canada) and Johnny Oduya (Sweden) were the only Devils headed to joing their respective national teams at the World Championships in Switzerland.
The U.S. had a full roster and was unable to add Zach Parise or any of the American-born Devils.
"They called and said they already have a full roster, so they didn't need my services," said Parise, who was the NHL's leading American-born goal scorer with 45 this season. "I was looking forward to going over there. I always like going over there. I have a few budies on the team, so I was hoping to, but not this year, I guess."