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DEC 31, 10:19p ET | DANA WAKIJI
Rotowire: Feb 19 / 1:40p ET
News: Though the Devils haven't made it official yet, it appears unlikely that Salvador (back) will play again this season, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: "[Salvador's] in rehab right now. He hasn't started skating, so I can't answer how long it will be for him to come back once he starts skating," general manager Lou Lamoriello said Thursday. The 39-year-old is in the final season of his three-year contract with the Devils. Given his age and impending free agency, it's quite possible that unless Salvador begins making some notable progress in his recovery over the next month, he may have skated in his last NHL game.
Rotowire: Jan 23 / 2:41p ET
News: Devils GM Lou Lamorioello said Thursday that Salvador's lower-body injury, which has kept him out since Nov. 10, is related to his back, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Impact: Progress has been slow thus far for the Devils captain, but he still fully expects to play at some point this season, which could be his final stanza in the NHL. The 37-year-old remains under doctor's care and could be cleared to resume skating once he regains some strength with his back. With two points and a minus-5 rating over 15 games before succumbing to the injury, Salvador isn't somebody that fantasy owners are anxiously waiting for to come back.
Rotowire: Dec 17 / 12:11p ET
News: Salvador (lower body) has yet to resume skating since landing on injured reserve Nov. 17, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Impact: Salvador suggested that he's making progress, but he has yet to show anything tangible that would indicate as much. The 38-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Devils and could be headed for retirement once the season concludes.