Brian Rolston clears waivers, will play for Devils tonight

Somehow, 29 NHL teams passed on a player who costs $5.06 million per season and whose age takes away the opportunity to hide his salary cap hit in the minors.

It turns out that Brian Rolston is still the New Jersey Devils’ problem, at least for now. The hard-shooting veteran forward cleared waivers this afternoon and therefore finds himself prepping for the team’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Prudential Center tonight.

Going forward, the Devils have a few options. The first is to simply let him play with the big club/hope he gets hurt enough to go back on the long-term injured reserve. Failing that, New Jersey could send him to Albany in the AHL, but that would be illogical because his salary cap hit would still impact the pro team. Failing those two options would leave the Devils with one other alternative: they can place Rolston on re-entry waivers.

If an NHL team claimed him on re-entry waivers, the Devils would be responsible for paying half his salary and would take on half of his salary cap hit while his new team would cover the other 50 percent.

It might be a tough period for Rolston, but he is at least saying all the right things. Here is what he told the Newark Star Ledger.

“It’s a business. We understand that,” said Rolston following the skate. “It definitely difficult but at the same time, I’ve been around for a while. I don’t think it affects me as much as it would maybe a young player. So I feel fortunate about that.

“I’m a professional. I’ll be prepared to play tonight. I’ll play as hard as I possibly can.”

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”