Morning Mashup: Devils and Isles Swing Deal


So, how about this nice weather? Got any plans for the long weekend? *sigh*

Well, there is virtually nothing to talk about in the hockey world. The Islanders and Devils made a little noise by swinging a deal that sent Brian Rolston and a conditional pick to New York in exchange for Trent Hunter. Rolston is nearing the end of his career, but will provide veteran experience up front and likely play the point on the power play. This move also helps the Devils clear cap space in order to re-sign RFA Zach Parise. While Hunter was a serviceable player throughout his tenure with the Islanders, they needed to move closer to the cap floor, which they accomplished by acquiring Rolston’s large salary.

In other news, the Vancouver Canucks avoided arbitration with Jannik Hansen, signing him to a three-year deal.

The countdown is on until we can start talking about our beloved Leafs again. Can’t wait.

Leafs Links:

Blacker is Brighter

Fantastic spotlight piece on Jesse Blacker from Kyle Cicerella.

Looking at the two major deals with the Bruins, In 20-20 hindsight: A Cup in hand, who has the better future?

Michael at VLM acknowledges that the Bruins got the better of the Leafs in the two big trades (won Kaberle trade, lost Kessel trade by a landslide).

Can The Leafs Be As Healthy As Last Season?

Danny Gray looks into his crystal ball to find the answer.

Prospect Preview: Nazem Kadri

Myles Robinson at Editor In Leaf previews what to expect from Kadri in his second season with the team.

Other Hockey Links:

Isles ship Trent Hunter to Devils for Brian Rolston

More details on the trade between New York and New Jersey.

Ray Emery’s Blackhawks invite a win-win for both sides

Journeyman Ray Emery earns a pro tryout with the Blackhawks.

Looking ahead to 2011-12: Ranking the NHL’s top defenseman

Yahoo! Sports NHL Editor Sam McCaig unveils his top 25 defenseman. Dion Phaneuf slides in at 15, but Luke Schenn doesn’t get even a nomination?

Danton plans comeback in Sweden

As announced on his Twitter account yesterday