|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
The best way to describe Rolston is with a cliché term: a jack of all trades.
Most of his skill is on the offensive side, especially being known as a fast skater. He can play either wing, and is usable
at the point for the power play. But he is also a valuable penalty killer and a threat to score while shorthanded.
I like that he plays without taking a lot of penalties, too. It shows that he's a smart player out there that keeps his cool.
That was that way the first time he was with the Devils, and had remained that way even into his mid-30s. Lou
Lamoriello even pointed out how well Rolston keeps in shape, which contributes to staying healthy (it's no good to
have all that skill out of the lineup due to an injury), and playing at such a high level.
Rolston said in an interview that he was happy to be back. I was at first. I know he got panned a LOT during his second
run, likely because expectations were too high (not different from the price tag that brought him here), and PK units
keyed in on him when he was on the ice. They knew why Lou brought him here this time, and they took his main
weapon away more often than not..
And up until Ilya Kovalchuk came in, he was the only one that had any kind of outside shot.
Even after that, he often suffered from the numbers game: too many players in his position to be in the top 6, leaving
him relegated to the third line. He even got waived (twice, with reentry the second time) in an attempt to find a taker
that would give him ice time. (He had a no trade clause that he wouldn't waive right away.) After he cleared the
second time, his play stepped up again. He earned the Devils' Masterton nomination for that season.
Just before the 2011 trade deadline, fully understanding the situation, he did say that he'd accept a trade if Lou found a
buyer. It took until the summer, but Lou finally did with Garth Snow (Islanders). He would return to the Bruins by
2012 (which proved to be his last season) deadline to help out for their playoff push.
He wouldn't announce his retirement until 2013.
He got involved in coaching with the Little Caesar's AAA program, being the head man of the Midget 16U team, and
also an assistant for the 2005's team.
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
|Brian Lee Rolston
Right Wing-Left Wing
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 214 pounds
Born: 2.21.73 Flint, Michigan
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Colorado Avalanche with the Devils' 1st Round pick in the 2000 E.D. for
Claude Lemieux and the Avalanche's 1st Round and 2nd Round picks in the 2000 E.D., 11.3.99
How he returned: Signed as a free agent from the Tampa Bay Lightning (who got his negotiation
rights from the Minnesota Wild), 7.1.08
How he left again: Traded to the New York Islanders for Trent Hunter, 7.28.11
|Entry Draft: 1991 First Round Pick (11th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils