Volchenkov, who has three years left on a six-year, $22.5 million deal, had one goal and four assists in 37 games during the lockout-shortened campaign.
Larsson, meanwhile, recorded six assists over 37 contests and has two goals and 22 helpers over the first 102 games of his career. Still, the Swede won't turn 21 years of age until mid-November and could be ready to take the next step in his development.
The Devils are also expected to use Jon Merril, Mark Fayne, Peter Harrold and possibly Damon Severson for depth at the back end. Merril, 21, and Severson, 19, are recent second-round draft picks and could get a chance to stick with the big club.
GOALTENDING - For years, NHL fans speculated what the Devils would do for goaltending when Brodeur was finally ready to hang up the pads.
Although Brodeur, who enters this season as a 41-year-old future Hall of Famer, is not ready to talk retirement, trading for Schneider made a whole lot of sense.
Schneider, a 27-year-old American, cost the Devils a first-round pick at the 2013 draft, but that could be a small price to pay for an organization that places such a high premium on goaltending. The former Canucks netminder has excellent career numbers, going 55-26-8 with a 2.20 goals against average and .927 save percentage in 98 career games.
Although Schneider spent most of his career as a backup to Roberto Luongo, he took over the starting reins last season for the Canucks and went 17-9-4 with a 2,11 GAA. However, he missed the first two games of the playoffs with an injury before returning for the final two tilts of a four-game sweep at the hands of San Jose.
Brodeur, the NHL's all-time leader in wins, shutouts, saves and numerous other categories, had another solid season in 2013, going 13-9-7 with a 2.22 GAA and .901 save percentage.
Brodeur is entering the final season of a two-year, $9 million contract, but has hinted at a desire of playing beyond the 2013-14 campaign. It should be interesting to see if the Devils would commit to Brodeur past this season after trading for a goaltender about to enter the prime of his career.
WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE - The Devils have won three Stanley Cup titles with Lamoriello as GM and Brodeur as goaltender, but that window has pretty much closed on that championship era. Kovalchuk's retirement decision was a punch in the gut and it leaves the Devils with too many questions on offense. If any franchise could find a way to push through this diversity to a playoff spot it would be the Devils, but it doesn't appear they'll have the horses to hang with the rest of the Metropolitan Division in 2013-14.