New Jersey Devils
General Manager Lou Lamoriello placed left wing Brian Rolston
on waivers on Tuesday.
"It's not a huge surprise," Rolston told Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. "Obviously. I didn’t know it was going to happen today, but I can't say it's a surprise. We all know that since September our whole team has been waiting for something to happen and, again, we're in a situation that with the way the season has been going, it can't really be a surprise."
The Devils, who are 14th in the Eastern Conference, play host to the Phoenix Coyotes
at Prudential Center on Wednesday.
If Rolston is unclaimed by another team before noon on Wednesday, he'd be eligible to be assigned to the minors. His cap hit would continue to count against the team, however, since he signed his contract at age 35 or over.
Said Lamoriello: "If (Rolston) is not claimed, he will be playing tomorrow night (against Phoenix)."
If the Devils placed Rolston on re-entry waivers, other teams would be able to claim him for half of his salary and the Devils would be responsible for the other half for the remainder of the contract, which expires after the 2011-12 season.
In 15 games this season, Rolston has 2 goals, 4 points and a minus-6 rating. He was signed as a free agent by New Jersey on July 1, 2008.