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Devils Finalize Roster

The New Jersey Devils finalized their roster, making several moves to make the team cap compliant by today’s 3 p.m. deadline.

As expected, the Devils placed defenseman Bryce Salvador on the long-term injured reserve list. Photo Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

New Jersey completed a long awaited move, placing injured defenseman Bryce Salvador on the long-term injured reserve list. Salvador, who sustained a concussion in a game against Philadelphia on September 26. There is no timetable for his return.

Anssi Salmela, who I thought was already on the LTIR, was designated as a non-roster injured player. The defenseman, who tore his ACL in the World Championships this summer, did not pass his physical at the start of training camp, which qualified him as a non-roster injured player. Devils’ president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said that both the LTIR and non-roster injured player are almost one in the same.

Both Salvador and Salmela will not count against the Devils cap.

Devils’ rookie defenseman Matt Taormina was also moved today, as the Devils assigned him to Albany of the AHL. It seemed the Devils would keep both Taormina and Alexander Urbom for the start of the season, but the team opted to add an extra forward. Adam Henrique was recalled to fill his roster spot.

As it stands now, the Devils have 20 skaters on their roster (12 forwards, 6 defenseman, 2 goalies) and are $35,835 under the salary cap. But Lamoriello said this may not be the same roster as the one that will face Dallas in Friday’s opener.

“That’s just the opening day roster and rosters can changed day to day,” he said to Tom Gulitti.

That could leave open the possibility of more players being moved, especially some of the young players. This roster is far from finalized, and it’ll be interesting to see if any moves are made between now and Friday.

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