The Devils give up offensive ability in the deal, but save more than $3 million in salary cap space. Rolston’s cap hit was $5.062 million, while Hunter’s cap hit is $2 million for this season and next. The Islanders, still
needing to add players to get the floor of salary cap of $48.3 million, bring in a player who was a 31-goal scorer in 2007-08. They also get a conditional draft pick in 2012.
Parise’s salary arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto.
Rolston, 38, scored 14 goals last season, but most of those came in the second half of the season after the Devils changed coaches.
“I still think Brian has gas in the tank,” said his agent, Steve Bartlett. “I don’t think the dark cloud was just following Brian Rolston at the start of last season. The Devils had one of their worst starts in franchise history. … I know he’s excited about going to the Islanders.”