Brodeur's future and more cap concerns

Bergen Record scribe Tom Gulitti chatted with Martin Brodeur yesterday about his future in the sport. The netminder’s contract runs through the 2011-12 season and Brodeur says that he’ll play until that deal ends. Whether or not he returns to the ice for the 2012-13 season could be impacted by a potential work stoppage following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. Here’s what Brodeur had to say, via Fire and Ice:

“I don’t know if it’s going to be that’s all after this,” he told me today. “I plan the long-range (with) what I have (with his contract) and that’s what I’m focusing on, to be as good as I can be for those two years and have that goal. We’ll see how I feel next year. Next year, in the middle of the season, that’s when you’re going to start thinking about it more because there’s a lot of things that could happen with the NHL and the NHLPA. That (the end of the CBA) comes right after that season. So, who knows? I can’t just commit myself and then have a lockout or if there’s a lockout (for a full year), do I go back the year after?”

Plenty more through that link, and more to come in Saturday’s Record.

Cap crunch coming

Still no news on the extent of Salvador’s injury. Salvador was taken for tests on Wednesday after exiting Tuesday’s preseason game following hits from James van Riemsdyk and Scott Hartnell.

With the deadline for the Devils to become cap compliant creeping closer, an injury to Salvador could help buy the team some time. If they can put the defenseman on injured reserve his salary won’t count against the cap. New Jersey would have to make a move to get him back into the lineup however.

The New York Post speculates that the Devils could carry just 20 players (21 if Salvador is hurt) in order to alleviate the cap concerns. Still in the scenario presented, the team would need to waive Colin White and Dainius Zubrus to make it work.

The Devils have until Wednesday to get under the cap.