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The Checking Line: One-on-One With Brian Rolston

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
By Rob McGowan, The Checking Line

The Islanders went into the off-season with a game plan of finding a top-six forward that could help the team transition from the rebuilding phase into a playoff contender. With Marty Reasoner signed to round out the bottom two lines, the Islanders traded oft-injured winger Trent Hunter to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for 18-year veteran Brian Rolston.

Rolston carries a booming slap shot along with an impressive resume that will add veteran leadership and depth to the Islanders line-up.

With training camp just a few weeks away, Rolston called me this afternoon to discuss his expectations for the upcoming year, his experiences with the Devils last season and the potential changes to the game that are being tested by the NHL.

So Brian, what were your initial thoughts when you heard that you were being traded to the New York Islanders?

I was really happy about it. As you know, it hadn’t really gone too smoothly in Jersey for me. I really didn’t feel like I got the chance to play in the same capacity I did in Minnesota. I was happy to get a new fresh start somewhere and hopefully play in the capacity that which I can do well individually and help the team win.

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