NHL notes: Brian Rolston says he's likely to retire
|Boston Bruins' Brian Rolston celebrates his third period goal with teammate Chris Kelly (R) as Washington Capitals' Jason Chimera (L) skates by during Game 3 of their NHL Eastern Conference Hockey playoff quarter-finals in Washington, April 16, 2012. (REUTERS)
Brian Rolston, a member of the 1994-95 Stanley Cup-winning New Jersey Devils, is looking to call it a career.
He told Minnesota Star-Tribune reporter Mike Russo he is “more than likely to retire” in the wake of the NHL lockout.
Rolston split last season between the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. He was shipped to Beantown after only registering 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 44 games. After the trade Rolston added 15 more points to his total (3 goals, 12 assists) in 21 games.
He’ll join fellow veterans Andrew Brunette, Brendan Morrison, Dwayne Roloson and Mike Knuble, who are all pushing 40, on the free agency market.
CRAWFORD HOPES TO IMPROVE
Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford is looking to regain his confidence as a starter after a shaky 2011-12 campaign.
The 28-year-old might have had a 30-17-7 record with a 2.72 goals-against average but his save percentage was just .903. He also failed to register a shutout during the regular season.
During a first-round playoff bout against the Phoenix Coyotes, Crawford conceded crucial overtime goals in Games 3 and 4 before the ‘Hawks were eliminated by the ‘Yotes.
“I feel like I need to kind of redeem myself a little bit,” Crawford told the Chicago Tribune. “I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting and finally it’s here so I’m getting excited and ready to go.”
Crawford signed a three-year, $8 million contract with Chicago at the end of the 2010-11 season. He’ll make $2.25 million this season.
Chicago’s general manager Stan Bowman was unimpressed by his goaltending tandem of Crawford and Ray Emery, but didn’t lay the blame entirely on them telling NBC Sports, “Our goaltending in general was not our strength this year. (But) I don’t think it’s fair to lay the blame on Crawford. You win as a team and you lose as a team.”
PETR SYKORA EXPECTS TO PLAY
Petr Sykora, a 36-year-old Czech winger, expects to suit up for an NHL team this season.
The veteran told the Newark Star-Ledger the New Jersey Devils are his first choice, but he remains unsure of his future.
The Star-Ledger added Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee is interested. Sykora has 721 career points in 1,017 games played.
Jordan Subban named to Team Cherry at CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban has another brother following his path to the National Hockey League.
Jordan Subban was named to Team Cherry at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game as a replacement for the injured Ryan Pulock of the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Jordan, 17, is the youngest of three brothers who played in the Ontario Hockey League. Malcolm, 19, played at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Both play for the Belleville Bulls of the OHL, the same team P.K. played for from 2005-09.
The CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Jan. 16.