I know there are many who feel like the sky is falling, but there's no need for that. Gelinas will play for the Devils again. He will even play seasons for the Devils soon enough. Now is just not the time, for better or worse.
The Devils are going to play out the defensemen they have, regardless of the money they make or the number of years left on their deal. Until Lou Lamoriello is willing to eat a contract, admit a mistake and use his final compliance buyout, this is the way it has to be.
Based on pure performance of play, we all know Bryce Salvador is barely worthy of a roster spot. The same can be said for Anton Volchenkov and others. Like in all workplaces, politics and money are involved. If Salvador isn't being a rotten apple, it looks bad on the organization to healthy scratch their captain. The Devils management is too stubborn to look bad in regards to a player personnel decision.
Eric Gelinas will get his time. It's just not right now.