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Salvador back to anchor blue line

Tuesday, 07.3.2012 / 2:16 PM ET / News
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Salvador back to anchor blue line
Bryce Salvador

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello has re-signed his highest-scoring defenseman from the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- Bryce Salvador.

After sitting out an entire 82-game season in 2010-11 with an inner-ear concussion, Salvador was just one of two defensemen in the Devils' lineup to play in all 82 regular-season games this past season. He played a major role in New Jersey's run to the Stanley Cup Final.

In 24 postseason games, he finished a plus-9, connecting for four goals and 14 points. His stay-at-home style complemented defense partner Marek Zidlicky, who enjoyed the offensive end. Salvador's 14 points in the playoffs ranked second in the playoffs among NHL defensemen. He also ranked fourth with 54 hits and ninth with 34 blocked shots.

Salvador had no goals, nine assists and a plus-18 rating in his fourth season with the Devils in 2011-12. He has 23 goals, 102 points and a plus-10 rating in 692 career games spanning 10 NHL seasons.

Lamoriello had nothing but praise for Salvador at the end of the season.

"I'm just so happy for Sal," Lamoriello said in June. "The year that he put in last year and not knowing whether he'd ever play again up until the middle of the summer and the work put in to get himself back, the exercises and all of the above, he is such a quality individual. There are stories within stories of this team this year and he is certainly one of the big ones that had gone unnoticed."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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