The future of unrestricted free agent defenseman Bryce Salvador is expected to be decided by the end of the week, with a retirement announcement the likely conclusion, Northjersey.com reported Tuesday.
Salvador, who has been New Jersey Devils captain since 2013, missed the final 67 games of last season with a bulging disc and nerve damage in his lower back. The 39-year-old said in early June he would make a decision on whether he would try to play again in late August or early September and has had discussions with Devils general manager Ray Shero multiple times over the past month, according to the website. Salvador became an unrestricted free agent July 1.
"We'll probably have some news later in the week on Bryce and we'll kind of see what direction he is going," Shero said Tuesday. "I don't anticipate this will be a situation that's ongoing for a lot longer one way or the other. I anticipate that relatively soon there will be some sort of information."