A league source told The Record that Brian Rolston has decided to return to New Jersey and sign with the Devils. The contract is believed to be four years at $5 million per season.
Rolston, 35, was originally the Devils' second selection, No. 11 overall, in the 1991 draft. (They took Scott Niedermayer third overall with their first pick that year.) Rolston was traded Colorado in the deal that brought Claude Lemieux back to the Devils on Nov. 3, 1999.
Rolston, who plays center and wing and can play the point on the power play, had 31 goals and 28 assists in 81 games with Minnesota last season. The Wild traded Rolston's negotiating rights to Tampa Bay on Sunday for a conditional draft pick, but he turned down a three-year contract offer at $4.5 million per season from the Lightning to become an unrestricted free agent at noon today.
The Rangers, Detroit and Minnesota were among the 17 teams that made contract offers to Rolston today.