NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The salary-cap hampered New Jersey Devils are heading into the season with an NHL minimum 20-man roster.
Needing to shed roughly more than $3.5 million to get under the league's $59.4 million cap limit, the Devils placed defenseman Bryce Salvador on long-term injured reserve on Wednesday, while designating defenseman Anssi Salmela as an injured, nonroster player.
Salvador has a concussion. Salmela is recovering from major surgery on his right knee.
The 20-man roster is three below the league limit. The Devils were forced to limit the roster size after the signing forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a 15-year, $100 million contract put them over the cap. All teams had to be either under or at the cap on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
New Jersey also assigned defenseman Matt Taormina to Albany, while recalling center Adam Henrique.