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Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Report: Hunter gets tryout with Kings

Hunter

By: Adam Gretz

After the New York Islanders traded him to the New Jersey Devils this summer in exchange for Brian Rolston, a move that had very different salary cap intentions for the two teams, Trent Hunter had his contract bought out, making him a free agent. As of Tuesday evening the veteran forward will reportedly be a part of his third organization in the past three months, agreeing to a tryout contract with the Los Angeles Kings according to Katie Strang of ESPN New York and Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.

Injuries have really limited Hunter in recent years, appearing in just 133 of a possible 246 games, scoring 26 goals over that stretch. For his career he's scored 99 goals, all of which have come with the Islanders after he was acquired by the team back in May of 2000 from the Anaheim Ducks for a draft pick.

The July trade that sent Hunter to the Devils helped the Islanders reach the salary cap floor due to Rolston's sizable contract, while the deal, and eventual buyout of Hunter, helped New Jersey save a few million in cap space under the cap ceiling.

If Hunter earns a spot in training camp he'll likely be a bottom-six winger/penalty killer, as the the Kings top lines would seem to be set with players like Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Justin Williams, Simon Gagne and Dustin Penner. Earlier in the offseason the Kings added some depth to their bottom lines when they signed Ethan Moreau to a one-year deal.

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Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Sharks sign former Devils D White for one year

By Brian Stubits

How's that old saying go: One man's trash is another man's treasure?

A day after the New Jersey Devils parted ways with Colin White (and Trent Hunter) through a buyout, White has already been scooped up. David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News says the Sharks have signed White to a one-year deal for a price of $1 million.

"A stopper, a physical guy who's also an excellent penalty killer -- you can never have too many of those," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said of White.

White will actually make $3 million next season, $2 million coming at the expense of the Devils after his buyout. For the Sharks it's a very solid investment, getting a servicable player for the defensive corps for a small price tag.

White, a career Devil on the blue line, figured to have a market considering he's not completely long in the tooth. At 33, he figures to still have some gas in the tank. He hasn't been exactly the same player since suffering a very serious eye injury in the 2007-08 season, but he's still a very capable defensive player. In 2008-09, he posted a very solid plus-18.

The Sharks made upgrading their blue line a priority this offseason, giving up a pretty steep price in Devin Setoguchi, a former first-round pick and this year's top pick for All-Star Brent Burns, who they recently signed to an extension. They also brough in James Vandermeer to take some of the minutes. Getting more a bruiser to beef up the back is where White would fit in with his physical style.

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Devils will buyout Trent Hunter, Colin White

HunterBy: Adam Gretz

It appears as if Trent Hunter's stay with the New Jersey Devils will be a short one.

Less than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the New York Islanders in exchange for Brian Rolston, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports that Hunter has been placed on waivers with the intention of being bought out if he clears. Along with Hunter, the Devils also waived long-time defenseman Colin White with the intention of buying him out as well.

By finding a taker for Rolston's contract -- a task that seemed like it would have been impossible -- and swapping him for Hunter the Devils saved a little over $3 million against the salary cap for this season. Hunter is under contract through the end of next season and carried a cap hit of $2 million, while Gulliti reports the buyout will be for $2.6 million and spread over four years (which means it will count about $666,667 per season against the cap). When combined with White's buyout ($1 million per season) the Devils will have saved an additional $3 million in cap space for this season.

When the Rolston trade was finalized last week it was pretty obvious it was a cap-related move for both teams (the Islanders needed to add salary to reach the floor, the Devils needed to cut salary) and was quickly followed by a one-year contract for restricted free agent -- and arbitration eligible -- left winger Zach Parise.

White, 33, was signed through next season and had spent his entire career with the Devils, scoring 20 goals in 743 career games while also earning two Stanley Cup rings. He averaged over 18 minutes of ice-time per game last season (third among Devils defensemen, trailing only Henrik Tallinder and Andy Greene) in 69 games.

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

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

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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