NHL notes: Devils ship Rolston to Islanders

Trent Hunter of the New York Islanders scores at 10:16 of the first period against the Columbus...

Trent Hunter of the New York Islanders scores at 10:16 of the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Coliseum on November 24, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

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NEWARK, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils needed to clear some cap space and the New York Islanders had to add salary.

Welcome to Long Island, Brian Rolston.

The Islanders acquired Rolston and his $5 million cap hit, along with a conditional 2012 draft pick, in a deal with the Devils Thursday that sent forward Trent Hunter to New Jersey. Hunter is on the books for $2 million in 2011-12, a saving of roughly $3 million that will go a long way towards helping the Devils sign restricted free agent forward Zach Parise, who is scheduled to have an arbitration hearing next week.

While the trade gives the Devils a little breathing room cap-wise, it also helps the Islanders get closer to the NHL salary floor of $48.3 million.

Rolston had just 14 goals and 20 assists in 65 games with the Devils last season. Hunter, limited to 17 games last season due to a torn MCL, had one goal and three assists.

Thrown to Wolves

Craig MacTavish is moving out of the television studio and back behind the bench, according to TSN.ca.

The report says MacTavish, who had been working as an NHL analyst on TSN, will be named coach of the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

MacTavish last coached in 2009, when he was fired by the Edmonton Oilers. In eight seasons with the Oilers, he went 301-252-47-56.

Don Lever coached the Wolves last season but his contract was not renewed.

Oleksiak added

Dallas Stars first-round draft pick Jamieson Oleksiak was added to the Canadian junior team's summer development camp roster Thursday.

Oleksiak, who recently decided not to attend Northeastern University in favour of signing with Saginaw of the OHL, holds dual Canadian-American citizenship and could have opted to try out for the U.S. junior squad. He was invited to the U.S. team's evaluation camp after failing to make the team last year.

The addition of Oleksiak, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound defenceman, brings the Canadian roster to 47 players, including seven returnees from the team that lost in the 2011 final. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first player taken in this summer's NHL draft, leads a contingent of 21 first-round picks at the camp.

Vokoun to Octagon

Less than a month after signing a bargain-basement, $1.5 million one-year contract with the Washington Capitals, goaltender Tomas Vokoun has changed agents.

Out is Michael C. Deutsch, the man who negotiated Vokoun's deal with the Capitals. His new agent will be Allan Walsh of Octagon Hockey.

"I am pleased to announce that Washington Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun has signed with me for representation," Walsh said on his Twitter account Thursday.

Vokoun signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Capitals on July 2.

Gretzky gone

The Phoenix Coyotes replaced director of amateur scouting Keith Gretzky with Rick Knickle Thursday as part of a restructuring in their scouting department.

Knickle, a scout with the Nashville Predators since the team's inaugural season in 1998-99, will be responsible for all amateur scouting and will oversee the draft for the Coyotes. Gretzky, the Coyotes said in a press release, is moving to another organization, reportedly the Boston Bruins.

The Coyotes also added Glen Zacharias and Rob Pulford to the scouting staff while David MacLean will become a pro scout.

Rangers sign top pick

Forward J.T. Miller, the New York Rangers top draft pick this summer, agreed to an entry-level contract Thursday.

Miller played 48 games with the U.S. under-18 team last season, finishing with 11 goals and 26 assists. He also had 13 points in six tournament games at the under-18 world championship in Germany.

The 18-year-old from East Palestine, Ohio, will play for Plymouth of the OHL nest season after backing out of a commitment to play at the University of North Dakota.

Avs ink two

The Colorado Avalanche added two more top prospects to the fold Thursday, signing first-round draft picks Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens to three-year, entry-level contracts.

Landeskog, a forward, was drafted second overall while Siemens, a defenceman, was picked 11th.

"We are pleased to have both Gabriel and Duncan under contract," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said. "We look forward to them participating in their first training camp this fall."

Landeskog, 18, had 36 goals and 30 assists in 53 games with Kitchener of the OHL while Siemens, 17, had five goals and 38 assists in 72 games with Saskatoon of the WHL.

Rangers supportive

The New York Rangers have thrown their support behind Monday's referendum that would lead to their state rivals getting a new arena.

Nassau County residents will vote on a referendum that would allow the county to borrow $400 million to build a replacement for aging Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a move that had already been endorsed by Isles owner Charles Wang.

Now Wang has the backing of the Rangers.

"The rivalry that has existed between the Rangers and Islanders for almost 40 years is one of the best in hockey and in all of sports," Rangers president Glen Sather said in a statement. "The intense passion and emotion involved in these games is something we cherish and would like to see continue for generations to come. We urge Rangers fans, Islanders fans and all hockey fans in Nassau County to vote yes for the referendum on Monday, August 1."


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