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Islanders Acquire Brian Rolston From Devils

The New York Islanders completed a trade today with the New Jersey Devils, acquiring 38-year old veteran, Brian Rolston in exchange for 31-year old Trent Hunter, an Islanders forward for all of his nine year career in the NHL.

According to TSN, the Islanders have also received a conditional draft pick in 2012 along with Rolston. (EDIT: Scratch that, the pick was taken out of the deal, making it an even swap of Rolston for Hunter)

This trade seems to work well for both teams. The Devils were looking to shed some salary as they are trying to sign RFA forward, Zach Parise before his arbitration hearing. The Islanders, on the other hand, are below the cap floor and are trying to f...

Devils Fail To Reach Out To Parise; Arbitration Next

The New Jersey Devils had a chance to reach out to Zach Parise to get an extension worked out but his phone never rang. It's now very clear that Devils plan to file team-elected arbitration before next week’s cut off. The drop dead date could come as early as Wednesday or as late as next Friday depending on how quickly the Stanley Cup Finals are completed. This essentially would prevent Parise from listening to offer sheets from other teams. Here we go again, another failed attempt at respectability. Parise is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1. This news comes as a slap in the face to fans that were repeatedly told that Lou Lamoriello and the Devils management would ...

The Right Coach Can Fix All This Past Season's Wrongs

For New Jersey, the 2010-2011 season was about a wild of a ride a professional sports team can take their fan base on. All of this has been well documented. I include myself in this because I literally felt like a broken record repeating myself over and over. I have been reading other writers opinions on the present and future state of the organization and most of it seems to me to be way off base or only partly on base. Of course, I may be a bit biased, but I actually saw slot of great things from this team during the season. I saw a team that is hungry and with the right coach can be one of the elite clubs in the league. I gave myself a great segue into the first order of business, find...

Devils BeDevil Bruins; Send Lemaire Out A Winner

The New Jersey Devils (38-39-5) gave Coach Jacques Lemaire the perfect going away present on Sunday with an exciting 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins (46-25-1) before at Prudential Center. Immediately following the game, the man that brought New Jersey back to respectability made the announcement I don't think any of the Devils faithful wanted to hear, when he confirmed that he would not return to lead the team next year. “It demands a lot. I want to enjoy life. I want to enjoy the family. I thought that I did make the right decision last year (about retiring), “Lemaire explained, “I’m happy I took the job the rest of the season. I had fun. It was a huge challenge for me....

Devils Plan to Spoil Penguins Party

When the New Jersey Devils hit the ice in Pittsburgh they will play a regular-season game having already been eliminated from playoff contention. In 1996 it took until the final day of the season for the Ottawa Senators to remove any chance of a Stanley Cup repeat in the swamp. When was the last time the Devils played a regular season game with no chance of making the playoffs? 1989! All the way back to when the divisions were called Patrick, Smythe, Norris and Adams and we had the Campbell and Prince of Wales Conferences. But thanks to Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens the Devils are now playing the role of a spoiler. The Pittsburgh Penguins (46-25-8) still have ...

Elimination is not the end for New Jersey

For the first time since the 1995-1996 season the New Jersey Devils will not be included in the the Stanley Cup Playoffs. GM Lou Lamoriello decided in late December to make a coaching change and brought Jacques Lemaire out of retirement to try and salvage the season. He did just that. When Lemaire took over he instilled a new sense of discipline in the team that was missing with rookie coach John Maclean. He got the team back to playing "Devils Hockey." The Devils put together a 23-3-2 run to pull within six points of the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. However, they never got any closer. In the end it wasn't meant to be. Saturday night's 3-1 loss to the Montreal C...

Devils Go Greene to Preserve Season

The New Jersey Devils survived a gutsy third period rally from the New York Islanders to preserve the victory and their season. Andy Greene's goal with 4:56 left broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Devils to a 3-2 win on Wednesday night keeping them mathematically alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race for at least one more day. The Situation: Tonight's win only prolongs their inevitable ouster, but for now New Jersey stayed alive in their quest for a 14th straight playoff appearance. That is the NHL's second-longest streak behind the Detroit Red Wings 19 consecutive trips. Entering Wednesday, any combination of three points lost by the Devils or gained by eighth-place Buffalo...

Pop Goes Parise Because The Devils Need Pop

Its been 148 days and 63 games since New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise had his left knee surgically repaired. That is equal to exactly five months. Five long arduous months for an organization that hasn't had to deal with this much adversity since Wayne Gretzky called them a, "Mickey Mouse organization." Parise is expected to make his return to the line-up this week and could be in action as early as Wednesday against the New York Islanders. “One of these next three I think I’ll be able to play,” Parise said after Tuesday's practice. Those words are like music to Devils fans ears. Parise's was injured in a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, soon after New Jersey spira...

Bottom Feeders Battle at the Rock

The New Jersey Devils (34-36-5) finally return home to the Prudential Center after dropping three of four games during a bitterly disappointing road trip. The Devils are now 12 points behind the Buffalo Sabres for the final playoff spot in the East with only seven games left to play. The most the Devils can finish with is 87 points. The Sabres already have 85 points. New Jersey squares off against fellow NHL cellar dweller the New York Islanders (29-35-12) on Wednesday in hopes of getting back in the win column. With a handful of games left on the schedule and little left to play for but pride, the Devils find themselves in unfamiliar waters. New Jersey is an organization built wi...

Rolston Devils rain on Islanders positive momentum in 3-2 shootout loss

Uniondale, NY - The New York Islanders (25-32-10) fell to the New Jersey Devils (30-31-4) by the score of 3-2 in hockey action on Sunday afternoon. These two tri-state area teams would need the shootout frame to decide the winner and it would be Brian Rolston netting the game-winning goal. The winger would finish the night with two goals to help the still streaking Devils to another two points, which will be vital to whatever playoff hopes New Jersey had. New York made a statement on this day though, that indeed they can hang with the elite teams in the NHL, and will be a team to watch for next season. One could see the importance of this game for both squads, as they both came down an...