"On June 29, 2008, Rolston's negotiating rights were traded from the Minnesota Wild to the Tampa Bay Lightning in return for a conditional draft pick in 2009 or 2010.
After failing to agree to a contract with the Lightning on June 30, Rolston became a free agent the next day on July 1, 2008, and signed a four-year deal worth $20 million to return to the New Jersey Devils."
Ugh! He was so coveted....and then....
He really was. Wasn't the story that more than a dozen teams were interested in him at the time? (And I think I recall hearing that we were the only ones, or one of the only ones, to offer a fourth year...)
I remember thinking if he could score 30 goals a year in Minnesota, he could surely do it here in the same basic system. Has he even scored 30 goals total in his second stint here yet?
All that being said, I will miss him when he's gone. But, the cap space is needed for the future and this year is all but a wash, so we might as well start cleaning up the mess of the past few years, contracts-wise.