BOSTON, MA -- Brian Rolston
is very, very happy to again be a member of the Boston Bruins.
"I was hoping something would happen and it did and I’m excited about it," said the 39-year-old forward. "Obviously a lot has changed since I’ve been there. I’m just excited to go to a team like that is close like with Claude Julien you know kind of the defense first mentality, something I’m very familiar with playing for Jacques Lemaire as many years as I have.
"So I’m excited about that. It shouldn’t take me long to adjust to the way Bruins like to play."
In 338 games with the Black & Gold, Rolston finished with a total of 101 goals and 135 assists for 236 points.
"Obviously there are only a couple guys in the organization still there, Patrice Bergeron
, Tim Thomas
," said Rolston of his previous incarnation in Boston. "Tim and I go back a long way.
"You know, a lot has changed in Boston it’s been quite a few years since I’ve been there [but] I’ve always looked upon my time there really fondly."
"Obviously it hits you’re a Boston Bruin," explained Rolston of his years wearing the spoked-B. "we had some really good teams while I was there we were in a building phase and we made the playoffs, we didn’t do great in the playoffs while I was there but it was a good time."
Thus far this season, Rolston, a 19-year NHL veteran, couldn't necessarily characterize his time in Long Island in the same way.
"When I got into Long Island they [had] a good group of young core players," said Rolston. "I don’t think I fit into their plans as well as I thought I was going to.
"It’s been a tough year for the Islanders for sure. As far as producing for me, I didn’t really play a lot so it was kind of hard to produce, but I do feel like I have a lot left to offer.
"It’s just very frustrating when you don’t produce, for sure, especially when you have your whole career."
As such, Rolston hopes to start producing for his the Bruins soon.
"That’s going to be up to the coaches," said Rolston of where he fits into the B's picture. "Obviously, the Bruins have a few injuries right now I’m hoping to go in and I’m planning on playing tomorrow night.
"I hope I can help on the power play -- I’ve always played special teams in my career and we’ll see where I fit -- and I’m sure they have an idea I’ve pretty much played in every kind of role imaginable after 17 years in the league.
"So, whatever they hand me ill be ready for it."
And Rolston is ready to contribute to the B's playoff run.
"You know, to go from a team that’s kind of battling to get in, to a Stanley Cup contender - We play this game to win the Stanley Cup," said Rolston. "And to get an opportunity like this is great.
"You don’t get very many more kicks at the can, especially at my age."