New Jersey Devils
General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced Tuesday that forward Brian Rolston
has been assigned to Albany of the American Hockey League.
Rolston, who has 2 goals and 5 points in 21 games, had been placed on waivers Dec. 14. After he cleared the next day, he never was assigned to the AHL.
Lamoriello said that move was made Tuesday morning. Once Rolston reports, he can be placed on re-entry waivers; the earliest that could happen would be Wednesday. Lamoriello would not say what his plan was for Rolston regarding when he would be placed on re-entry waivers, which would give the 29 other teams the chance to claim the 37-year-old for half his salary for the remainder of his contract; the Devils would be responsible for paying the other half until the contract expires at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Lamoriello would not say if this most recent move meant a deal was in the works.
"I wouldn't get into that type of conversation," he said.
Lamoriello also said it's possible that if Rolston clears re-entry waivers, he could play for the Devils again.
"There's nothing that he has done to warrant any type of not wanting him," Lamoriello said. "This is a business situation. This is part of the hockey business. It's not personal or anything about his character. We're talking about a quality individual."
Lamoriello said Rolston and his agent, Steve Bartlett, have been given permission to talk to other teams about a trade.
"He's done everything asked of him," Lamoriello said. "I still believe in Brian. He can still play in the NHL. It just hasn't worked out."