BOSTON (CBS) – Brian Rolston is happy to be back in Boston.
“I’m super excited, I mean obviously going to an organization, a great organization, and a place I’ve been before,” Rolston said after being traded to the Bruins with Mike Mottau by the New York Islanders on Monday. “Obviously a lot has changed since I’ve been there. I’m just excited to go to a team… with Claude Julien you know kind of the defense first mentality, something I’m very familiar with playing for Jacques Lemaire as many years as I have.
“It shouldn’t take me long to adjust to the way Bruins like to play,” he said.
Rolston could see action as early as Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators.
“Obviously the Bruins have a few injuries right now ;I’m hoping to go in and I’m planning on playing (Tuesday) night,” he said. “I hope I can help on the power play I’ve always played special teams in my career and we’ll see where I fit. I’m sure they have an idea I’ve pretty much played in every kind of roll imaginable after 17 years in the league. So, whatever they hand me I’ll be ready for it.”
For now, the 39-year-old forward will help the Bruins as they deal with injuries to Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley. He will likely see time on the third line with Jordan Caron and Benoit Pouliot, with Chris Kelly and David Krejci sticking with Milan Lucic on the B’s first line.
Rolston had a tough time in New York this season, his first with the Islanders, scoring just four goals and recording five assists over 49 games. He has not scored since the end of December, and has just one assist since then. After averaging 20 goals over his 16-year career, Rolston said he didn’t get the chances in New York.
“I didn’t really play a lot so it was kind of hard to produce, but I do feel like I have a lot left to offer,” he said. “It’s just very frustrating when you don’t produce for sure, especially when you have your whole career.”
But now the outlook is much better for Rolston, going from the 13th team in the east to the one that currently sits in the two-spot with a chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champs.
“To go from a team that’s kind of battling to get in, to a possible Stanley Cup, I shouldn’t say possible, Stanley Cup contender. We play this game to win the Stanley Cup and to get an opportunity like this is great and you don’t get very many more kicks at the can, especially at my age.”