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Devils Trade Rolston To Islanders For Hunter

via New Jersey Devils tweet,

Devils have acquired Trent Hunter from the Islanders in exchange for Brian Rolston.

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just when ya thought they couldn’t possibly get any worse, the isles make this trade.

Snow—> boo

Posted by callmedrw on 07/28/11 at 02:21 PM ET


Rolston is an upgrade over Hunter, and Jersey needed to shed salary, since Rolston will make $5 million and Hunter $2 million.  But Hunter has another year on the books and Ralston is in the final year of his contract.  It’s a minor move that helps both teams.
The Islanders may think that Nino isn’t ready to make the team.

Posted by RogerNYLA on 07/28/11 at 02:24 PM ET


Islanders are more likely looking for Rolston’s shot from the point on the PP which they sorely lacked once the “Wiz” took his show to Montreal. Hunter was a good foot soldier, but hadn’t played the better part of last season so it is just a salary dump by the Devils. The Devils apparently also got a pick, but not sure of the details.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/28/11 at 02:30 PM ET


Rolston’s shot. This is a financial move, nothing else. Jersey was up against the cap with Parise still to be signed, NY was way below the floor and had no easy way of getting there without a trade like this. Beats trading for Redden, I guess.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/28/11 at 02:32 PM ET


Rolston’s shot.

Should clarify. Rolston is like an old shot fighter who used to be a contender. There’s still some power in the right hook, but that’s about all he’s got.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/28/11 at 02:35 PM ET


Rolston certainly had a better finish than Hunter after a terrible start. This is certainly moving of cap space more than anything, but both players if healhty could still surprise.

Apparently no pick involved as previously mentioned.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/28/11 at 02:36 PM ET


Rolston can finish in very specific circumstances (hence the metaphor), he just can’t do anything else adequately at this point in his career (though neither can Hunter). It’s a paper and financial move; neither team is going to win one more or one less game because of this trade (ignoring that Jersey needs to use the $ elsewhere.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/28/11 at 03:51 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Terrible move by a terrible org (Isles).

If you know nothing else out of this trade, just know that Rolston is (from what I saw of him last year) probably in his last year before retirement.  He’s not going to bring anything to the table…

Posted by Primis on 07/28/11 at 07:27 PM ET


He’s not going to bring anything to the table…

He brings them $3M+ closer to the cap floor.

Posted by Garth on 07/28/11 at 10:33 PM ET


why not sign stillman and sullivan for 3 million and actually get something.

Posted by callmedrw on 07/28/11 at 10:54 PM ET

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