Devils’ GM Lamoriello Sends Strong Message By Placing Brian Rolston On Waivers

December 14th, 2010 by Sean Hartnett Leave a reply »
TSN's Bob McKenzie broke the news shortly after midday Eastern Standard time that Brian Rolston of the New Jersey Devils has been placed on waivers.  The 37-year old left-winger has struggled mightily this season posting 4 points in 15 games for New Jersey.

Devils' general manager Lou Lamoriello felt the team was in need of a shakeup after dropping 7 games in their last 10 outings.  New Jersey is looking to break out of a season-long funk as they've begun the year with a 8-19-2 record and slumped to 13th place in the Eastern Conference.  Lamoriello might be doing this as he understands there is little risk of losing Rolston in an attempt send a strong message to his under-performing roster.

Still, his $5 million contract could be picked up by any NHL franchise through re-entry waivers.  New Jersey would then only stand to free up $2.5 million in cap space for this season and the next after if Rolston is claimed by another club and still would owe the veteran half of his contract.  In the likelihood that Rolston clears waivers, $100,000 is all the Devils will get in cap relief if he is sent to AHL affiliate Albany.

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