Devils coach Brent Sutter seemed to be calling out forward Brian Rolston after Friday's game when he mentioned him by name when talking about the need for other players to step up with captain Jamie Langenbrunner out with a lower-body injury.
Rolston said he did not hear what Sutter said until teammate Bobby Holik told him about it. He said he wasn't taking it as being called out by his coach.
"I don't take it as that," he said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity.
Was Sutter trying to send him a message?
"Do I think he was trying to send a message?" Rolston asked. "I suppose he was. It doesn't bother me that he did it. The opportunity will be there."
Sutter said that was not his intention.
"No, I was just naming him as one guy that's going to possibly have that opportunity," Sutter said. "I'm not exactly 100 percent sure, yet. I have an idea what I'm going to do with our lines and how that all lays out we'll see.
Left wing Jay Pandolfo said he felt no aftereffects today from the third period collision with Erik Cole that shook him up briefly on Friday night.
The players who did not play Friday-- Scott Clemmensen, Rod Pelley, Bobby Holik, Andy Greene, Jay Leach and Pierre-Luc Letourneau- Leblond -- skated Saturday afternoon in Newark before the team flew to Raleigh, N.C.