Brian Rolston's days with the New Jersey Devils could be over.
Rolston was assigned to Albany if the AHL Tuesday but was expected to be put on re-entry waivers Wednesday after he officially reports to the minor-league team.
The 37-year-old forward could be claimed by another team when he is put on re-entry waivers. If a team put in a claim, they would get Rolston for half his salary -- the Devils would pay the other half -- and half the salary cap hit.
"This is a quality, quality person without any question whatsoever," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said on the team's web site. "It's the unfortunate part of this business. There's nothing negative in this individual's body."
If Rolston is not claimed, he could be assigned to Albany again or return to the Devils. He could also be traded if not picked up on waivers.
In 21 games this season, Rolston has two goals and three assists. He missed 14 games after having sports hernia surgery in October.
Svatos back in NHL
Free agent forward Marek Svatos signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues Tuesday.
Svatos, 28, played 19 games with Omsk of the KHL this season, recording three goals and five assists. He has played 316 career NHL games, all with Colorado, and has 96 goals and 68 assists.
The native of Kosice, Slovakia, must clear waivers before playing for the Blues. If he clears, he is expected to play Friday against Phoenix.
March of all-star Penguins
Pittsburgh players hold down the top three spots in voting for the NHL all-star game.
Penguins Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury fill out the top three spots after six weeks of voting.
Fleury moved past Montreal's Carey Price to take the lead among goaltenders and move into third overall. He has received 311,623 votes, just over 2,000 more than Price.
Crosby leads all vote-getters and is the top forward with 523,822 votes while Letang is the top blueliner and second overall with 391,525 votes. Letang is a write-in candidate.
Fan balloting for the 2011 all-star game in Raleigh, N.C., continues until Jan. 3.
Habs land Wiz kid
The Montreal Canadiens dealt for defenceman James Wisniewski Tuesday, sending a pair of draft picks to the New York Islanders in exchange.
The Isles will receive Montreal's second-round pick in 2011 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2012.
Wisniewski, 26, has three goals and 18 assists in 32 games this season to up his career totals to 20 goals and 98 assists. The 5-foot-11, 208-pounder should help the Canadiens' power play, currently 12th-best in the league.
Wisniewski is expected to join the Canadiens in time for Wednesday's game in Tampa Bay.
Jordan Staal could make his season debut when the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Washington Capitals in the outdoor Winter Classic Jan. 1 at Heinz Field.
Staal, who has missed the entire season due to off-season foot surgery and a broken hand, skated for 90 minutes Tuesday and appears close to returning.
"With Jordan we need to make sure he's healed and ready to go when he does play," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told NHL.com. "That's the main concern, not whether it's the Classic or what the situation is. We're not weighing that in as a factor.
"He'll come back when he's fully ready to go to be engaged in a full-contact game. I don't have a timeline on that right now."
There's a chance Staal could play Wednesday against the New York Islanders but it appears unlikely.
Quarters for Canada
Canada will play Sparta Prague in the quarter-finals of the Spengler Cup after losing 3-2 to the host team Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland.
Gregory Sciaroni's goal midway through the second period was the winner for HC Davos. Sandro Rizzi and Petr Taticek had the other goals.
Travis Roche and Yanick Lehoux replied for the Canadian team, which opened the tournament with a 6-1 win over Spartak Moscow.
Davos, 2-0 in the tournament, finished first in Pool B to clinch a berth in the semi-finals. Canada will play Prague, the third-place finisher in Pool A, in the quarters Wednesday.
Jackets' fans ticked
A number of Columbus Blue Jackets fans are accusing veteran NHL referee Paul Devorski of taunting them during Monday's game against the Minnesota Wild.
According to a report on the Columbus Dispatch's Puck-Rakers blog, fans in section 109 of the Nationwide Arena complained that Devorski made an obscene gesture and a "crying face" during the game, won by the Jackets in a shootout.
Terry Gregson, the NHL's director of officiating, told the blog the league is investigating the incident. Devorski denied the allegations in an email sent to The Dispatch.
Devorski, a native of Guelph, Ont., has officiated in the NHL for 21 seasons and worked the last two Olympic Games.
Leafs call up Crabbe
Forward Joey Crabbe was called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday.
Crabbe, 27, has played 34 games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, recording a team-high 11 goals and seven assists. He played two games with the Leafs earlier this season, tallying one assist.