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Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 11:26 pm
RolstonBy: Adam Gretz

It didn't matter how many of their own players they re-signed, at some point the New York Islanders were going to have to bring in a player from outside the organization in an effort to reach the salary cap floor. And that's exactly what they did on Thursday when it was announced that they had acquired Brian Rolston from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Trent Hunter, a swap that gets the Islanders $3 million closer to the $48.3 million floor.

Following the trade the Islanders now have to spend at least $5.9 million and still have a number of restricted free agents to sign, including Blake Comeau and Josh Bailey. Rolston also becomes the highest paid player on the team.

Rolston, 38, has one year remaining on a contract that pays him an average salary of just over $5 million per season. In 65 games this past season he scored 14 goals to go with 20 assists, while he hasn't recorded more than 37 points in a single season since signing a four-year, $20 million deal with the Devils prior to the 2008-09 season. It was a contract that had become somewhat of an albatross for the Devils, and finding a taker for it helps clear additional cap space to finally reach a deal with restricted free agent Zach Parise.

Hunter has two years remaining on his contract and carries a cap hit of $2 million per season. He's appeared in just 133 games over the past three seasons, scoring 26 goals over that period, including one goal in just 17 games last season.

In the end, the focal point of this deal for both clubs is money. The Devils needed to shed some salary, the Islanders needed to take on some, and with a picked over crop of free agents, a trade like this seemed like it was inevitable at some point.

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Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 4:24 pm

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

Trent hunter is a bum!!  making two million for 1 goal a year.  BUM!!  at least rolston will give the isles a much needed veteran presence.  He has only 1 year remaining on his contract.  I think its a pretty good move by garth.  The devils would have found cap space regardless to sign parise. 

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:31 am

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

Arinze, try reading the article before you make stupid comments.  The Islanders have to get to the salary cap floor which means they have to take on salary.  The article says that a deal such as this one was inevitable.  The front office doesn't have much of a choice as they have to add salary even if it's not going to help the team.  It would have made sense for the Islanders to try picking up some big name free agents to help the team and add salary at the same time, but that time has come and gone.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:56 am

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

Brian Rolston wasn't worth 5 million when they signed him, isn't worth 5 million now.  What the heck are the Islanders front office guys getting paid for anyway?  Another sign of horrible management.  You don't need scouts to see Rolston would never be more than a 50 point player.  3 years ago that would get you about 2/3 million at the most

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:18 am

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

God are we pitiful.

I know - the arena sucks.

It takes time to rebuild.

They have to reach the salary cap floor.

But the arena sucked a decade ago and two decades and three decades ago, and most years we could put a good team on the ice. And when we had a decent team, people showed up. We've had good players - but everyone of them ends up getting Milbury'd somewhere else. How many players have you seen in the Stanley Cup finals or on an All Star or Olympic roster and said, hey he used to be an Islander?  Who will Tavares win with? Not us. We've been rebuilding since Turgeon left, it's time that we finally built ourselves instead of helping everyone else.

The Islanders, Maple Leafs, ex-Thrashers, Panthers, and Oilers. The only teams not have made the playoffs in the last 4 years.


Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:12 pm

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

I agree Hal VT, restructure and lock up the young stars long term. Won't take long to reach the floor that way.
I love the Isles to death but the last 20 some years the front office has absolutely demolished this franchise.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:45 pm

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

What are you talking about?  Do you honestly think if the Isles did not make this trade then the Devils would not have figured out a way to clear space anyway?  If fact this is a real smart move the Isles for 3 reasons. 1-  Rolston is a clear upgrade of Hunter.  2-  It gets the Isles closer to the cap floor   3-  It removes Hunters contract from next year, and now the Isles could use that 2 million towards signing Tavares you will be a restricted free agents next summer.

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:27 pm

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

I get it that the Isles need to pick up salary, but helping the devils clear salary to sign parise? at least get a pick out of the deal... pretty dumb move helping a division rival.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:22 pm

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

Just filling up salary....taking on another *meh* player to try and spend the league minimum. Since their goal was obviously just to spend money, not to especially improve the team, they should have restructured contracts with Moulson and Grabner, lock them up for several years and pay them as well as they played last year.

Awful, awful team. I feel bad being drawn to this train-wreck of a franchise. Sorry, Isles fans....what the front office has done to you is just a shame.

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