Brian Rolston has mostly been a very dependable and durable player during his 16-year NHL career. he New Jersey Devils’ winger suffered a sports hernia and is set to miss 4-6 weeks.
Rolston was looking towards recapturing the play of his youth as scouts around the league felt that he would have a return to form this season after an impressive preseason. Many have called into question the wisdom of Devils’ general manager Lou Lamoriello’s decision to give Rolston a four-year contract at $5 million per year in the summer of 2008. Few remember that many teams around the league were vying for his services as a free agent that summer.
When you watch Rolston play it’s obvious why he was so highly coveted as a free agent. Few in the league possess as hard of a shot as the 37 year-old forward. He was a valuable member on the power play for Minnesota as he shifted the puck around and waited for his chance to fire a blast from the point.
While with the Wild, Rolston put up many 30 plus goal seasons and throughout his career he’s been known as an excellent “two-way” player and expert in shorthanded situations. He’s scored 33 shorthand goals during his career and is keen to join in on an odd-man rush.
The Devils will certainly miss his contributions but Rolston will be placed on the long term injury list, saving New Jersey $5 million in cap space. Recently, the Devils were only able to dress 15 men against the Penguins and the lack of depth showed as Pittsburgh came away with a 3-1 victory.
The Devils were able to bring up forwards Jacob Josefson and Tim Sesito as well as defenseman Matt Corrente for their AHL affiliate in Albany. Corrente will assume Mark Fraser’s role as a fractured right hand will rule out the defenseman for 4-6 weeks.
Devils’ coach John MacLean will be eagerly looking for to see what the young prospects can bring to New Jersey as he told the team’s official website, “Three young guys getting called up, we’ll get some energy and keep improving on our play.”