Devils Ship Rolston to Islanders.

Various sources report the New Jersey Devils have dealt forward Brian Rolston and a conditional pick in 2012 to the NY Islanders in exchange for Trent Hunter.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Dan Rosen, this move saves the Devils around $3 million in cap space, which they’ll likely put toward re-signing Zach Parise. Rolston, 38, had more more season at $5.062 million cap hit remaining on his contract, and had to agree to waive his “no-trade” clause for this deal to get done. Hunter, 31, has two more seasons at $2 million per left on his contract, and had dropped in the Isles depth chart due to the increase of budding young talent in recent years.  Both are coming off lousy seasons, though Rolston’s stats improved when Jacques Lemaire took over the Devils midway through last season as head coach. It remains to be seen how this move impacts the Isles negotiations with Blake Comeau and Alexei Yashin, though it does move them $3 million closer to the cap floor.


  1. Great deal for the Isles. Hunter was going nowhere with the Isles. Way past his prime, slow and injury prone. Good guy though. Rolston will bring the veteran presence the Isles really needed. And he’s got some good hockey in the tank for 2011-2012. Kudos to Garth Snow for this one !!!

  2. Now if only they would take M. Ohlund from the Lightning I would be thrilled!!

  3. And once again we see Garth Snow showing some competence when he manages to get away from Charles Wang for more than 5 minutes. Completely killed two birds with one stone on this (ate up some more cap space on a 1 year deal and added some veteran leadership and most importantly, someone who has a history of winning to the group) and added another tool to the box that can be used on the top two lines in the event of injuries.

  4. This is a very good move for both teams. For the Devils, it frees up 3mil in cap space, and they get a player who can still chip in on the third line. Hunter could be a nice fit with Steckle, Clarkson or Zubrus.

    For the Islanders, they get someone who knows exactly what it takes to be a young player and win the cup, he did it in 95 with the Devils. He’s not a 30-goal scorer, but he still has some offensive skill and plays a great two-way game, another valuable lesson for this young team. In addition to his leadership, he’s a great fit for the Isles young locker room and helps them get closer to the cap basement and is only on a 1 year deal and could probably resign for less than $2mil if they want him back after that.

    I heard something about a 2nd round pick? Not sure about that though. Either way, a good move for both clubs.