Today the Islanders surprised some people & actually made a hockey trade which involved players going each way. I know its not the norm for people of islanders country!
Today the Islanders traded forward Trent Hunter to the Devils in exchange for, forward Brian Rolston. Rolston agreed to come here because he thinks were a young team on the rise & that he is good friends with Doug Weight. Rolston had 34 points in 65 games last season. Rolston has pretty good skating ability and a nice shot from the point for the powerplay & will serve as the mentor role for the forwards. Rolston has one year left on his contract for a cap hit of 5 million dollars.
Now Hunter although one time was a solid player, couldn't stay healthy at all, and wasn't a fit on the Islanders anymore. It was time for him to move on! Hopefully he can fare a little better on the Devils!
Initially it was reported that the Isles would be getting a conditional pick in this deal but it was later reported that it was just a straight up swap.
While I like that we moved Hunter, taking on Rolstons salary makes me nervous that we are done for the summer because we are now basically at the cap floor! Although Chris Botta says that his sources tell him that this was a prelude to another move, I say that actions speak louder then the words. I really hope that they aren't done though because they haven't done near enough to make this team a playoff team! BD Gallof thinks with Rolstons acquisition, Comeau maybe moved for a top 4 dman now. We'll see, I hope Bottas right & we do, do something however I am now in the mindset that we are done.