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Salvador back to anchor blue line

Tuesday, 07.03.2012 / 2:16 PM / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 35 22 8 5 108 83 49
2 TBL 37 22 11 4 119 97 48
3 NYI 35 23 11 1 108 98 47
4 DET 36 19 8 9 103 89 47
5 MTL 35 22 11 2 95 84 46
6 TOR 36 20 13 3 122 108 43
7 NYR 33 19 10 4 100 84 42
8 WSH 35 18 11 6 102 90 42
9 FLA 33 16 9 8 79 86 40
10 BOS 36 18 15 3 93 97 39
11 OTT 35 14 14 7 92 97 35
12 PHI 35 14 15 6 98 105 34
13 CBJ 34 15 16 3 86 109 33
14 BUF 36 14 19 3 73 118 31
15 NJD 37 12 18 7 79 107 31
16 CAR 35 10 21 4 71 95 24

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 30 9 11 -1 20
J. Jagr 36 5 15 -13 20
M. Zidlicky 37 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 25 11 4 -2 15
M. Ryder 34 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 30 4 7 2 11
S. Bernier 26 3 7 4 10
A. Greene 37 0 9 -2 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 17 4 .917 2.50