’11-12 Bruins Season in Review: Brian Rolston

Brian Rolston/Photo by Dan Hickling

Revival’s and remakes are often a mixed bag.

I mean, there was no reason to remake “The Karate Kid” – a timeless underdog tale that still holds up – but someone still attempted to cash in. In the case of Brian Rolston’s return to the Bruins, the results were mixed and the team befell the same conclusion.

Before Rolston left for richer pastures, Boston lost in the first round to Montreal. After he was picked up at the 2012 trade deadline, the Bruins lost to Washington in the first round. He was a bigger part of the cast back in 2004, but in Boston’s balanced forward corps there was still opportunity for Rolston to contribute.

Once thought of as an extra forward, Rolston was forced to play a bigger role and actually got a hot hand for several weeks down the stretch. While he wasn’t too bad of a liability in the defensive zone, he didn’t give the power play a necessary lift.

If Rolston wants to continue his playing career, someone will look at his 15 points with Boston and give him a shot. The Bruins aren’t likely to be that team, though.

Stats

Regular season: With Boston, 21 GP, 3-12-15, plus-7+

Playoffs: 7 GP, 1-2-3, minus-2

Contract status: UFA 2012

Regular season recap

Highlight: The Bruins love to stick it to Toronto. On March 19 at TD Garden, the Bruins routed the Maple Leafs, 8-0, and Rolston erupted for a goal and three assists. He was plus-4 in just 14:36 of ice time. The four-point night was part of a seven-game points streak for the veteran forward.

Lowlight: It took Rolston nine games after he returned to the Bruins to score a goal and he only recorded one assist over that span that it took him to get used to being back with Boston.

Playoff recap: Rolston and the rest of Boston’s third line held their own against the Capitals. Disappointingly he was on the ice for Joel Ward’s series-clinching goal.

Grade: B. In addition to contributing more than anyone expected from him offensively, Rolston was a solid dressing-room presence. Still would’ve liked to see him cash in on the power play a couple more times.

Carnac predicts … Rolston will turn 40 next season, but he’ll have a job somewhere if he’s willing to keep on playing for somewhere in the $1 to $2 million range.

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