I think I speak for a majority of Devils fans when I say that I wanted the Rolston experiment to work. I don't remember ever cheering so hard for a player than last season when Rolston began to turn his disastrous numbers upside down. Unfortunately this is a business. I am shocked that a GM who has a rap for being one of the most sly and business savvy in the game has not pulled out all the tricks to ensure that Rolston will not be on this roster next year. Yes, this includes asking Rolston to waive his NTC and threaten him with not playing in the NHL if he doesn't comply. We should love our players especially those in their second tour of duty but we simply cannot have another one of our seasons held hostage by his ridiculous contract.
For those who claim that it is impossible to move Rolston I claim shenanigans. He's not an awful player and he doesn't have the worst contract ever. Moving him to a team that has plenty of cap space and also needs the veteran presence is entirely possible and the best part is that we don't need to ask for much in return. Simply taking Rolston off our hands would clear up so much salary that even a late round draft pick would be worth doing the trade.
While I wholeheartedly agreed with getting rid of Arnott I definitely had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with David Steckel. Steckel truly is the slowest thing i've ever seen and needs to be shipped out as well. His supposed faceoff prowess, NHL experience, and relatively manageable cap hit also makes him possible to get rid of.
These moves may not be fun to make and may burn some bridges with Rolston but they are entirely necessary to ensure that we have the best possible chance at a Stanley Cup next season.
If both Rolston and Steckel are removed, we will have enough money to sign Parise, Larsson, Zharkov and another free agent forward. Using capgeek I have created the following line scenario for next year if Lou follows my advice and moves Rolston and Steckel.
As you can see in my role as Lou I made the decision to sign Cory Stillman to fill the 4th line LW void. His previous cap hit was 3,500,000 but will most likely take less than that. Even if we gave him the same salary as last year we would have room to sign him. This scenario also includes Bryce Salvador whom many to not believe will even be playing next year.
Lemme know what you think!