BOSTON – Brian Rolston
has journeyed around the NHL enough now in his more than a decade in the League to not be overwhelmed by emotions when facing one of his former teams.
Rolston, who was acquired by Boston from the New York Islanders
this past Monday, will square off with those Isles on Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden.
“When you get traded the first time I think it’s a little more nerve-wracking,” said Rolston. “But I’ve been traded a few times and switched teams a few times. I’ve got good friends, obviously, and I feel strongly about a lot of those guys, but when you get on the ice it’s the same old thing and you’re doing your job.”
After two games back with Boston, Rolston says he’s feeling comfortable. He was aided by a shift to right wing next to Patrice Bergeron
and Brad Marchand
last game against New Jersey.
“It was great. It’s a real easy game to play,” he said. “They made it easy on me and their system is easy to play.”
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano
said that he and the organization wished nothing but the best for Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau
, who was also dealt to the Bruins. Rolston left his mark on the Isles, according to the coach.
“He was fitting in, it’s just for us Michael Grabner
was playing on that second-line left wing there and Brian probably wasn’t getting the playing time he wanted,” said Capuano. “But forgetting statistically, he brought leadership to our room and he was a good guy to have around the young players. And it was a good for us to have him here, for sure.”