Brian Rolston Placed on Waivers: Should the Maple Leafs Claim Him?

December 14th, 2010 by Jeff Langridge Leave a reply »
This morning, Brian Rolston of the New Jersey Devils was placed on re-entry waivers. For the next 24 hours, any team in the NHL can claim him and pay him only half his salary.

Should the Toronto Maple Leafs be that team?

Once the Devils signed Ilya Kovalchuk to that monster contract, Rolston and his $5,062,500 salary became a problem for the Devils.

In the offseason, he was rumored to be one of the players that could be on the move, but his no-trade clause was in the way, so nothing happened.

Now his no-trade clause is a moot point. I think the Leafs, or more specifically, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, might be interested in bringing Rolston's leadership to the Leafs, and now it would come at a cheaper cost.

The Leafs do have the cap room for Rolston's reduced contract, which would be around $2.5 million. That is also not including the possible trades of Tomas Kaberle, Francois Beauchemin or Mike Komisarek.

Acquiring Rolston could allow Burke to trade any of these players and maybe squeeze a first-round pick to ease the pain of the second first-round pick we're losing to the Boston Bruins.

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