With the Wednesday 3 p.m. deadline approaching, the Devils essentially have 48 hours to shed almost $3 million and get under the NHL salary cap of $59.4 million. How they'll do it seems to be anybody's guess.
With time ticking down, GM Lou Lamoriello has given few clues as to how he'll make room, though he's maintained confidence that the team will be cap compliant by the deadline. For now though, the Devils' roster remains in limbo, with trade rumors teasing players' possible fates.
The cap predicament does provide a silver lining to some bad news, however. D Bryce Salvador is out indefinitely with a concussion, according to the team, but as long as Salvador remains in street clothes on injured reserve, the Devils will be relieved of his $2.9M salary cap hit. They'll need to do more maneuvering before Salvador can suit up for the team though.
In Fire and Ice today, Gulitti caught up with Jamie Langenbrunner and the team captain, whose name has surfaced in several trade rumors, said he had not yet been asked to waive his no-trade clause.
With everyone waiting for the first of the Devils' dominoes to fall, the roster remains at 28 players with rookies Jacob Josefson, Mattias Tedenby, Alex Urbom, Matt Corrente and Matt Taormina still in camp. (Update: Check that, @NHLDevils just tweeted "Devils have assigned G-Mike McKenna, D- Matt Corrente, C- Jacob Josefson, RW-Mattias Tedenby to Albany (AHL). Rob Davison placed on waivers.")
The Devils start their season Friday at home against the Dallas Stars.