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Devils to buy out Trent Hunter; return to Long Island?
Could Trent Hunter be reunited with the Islanders just days after being traded across state lines?
Don't rule it out.
According to the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti, the New Jersey Devils have waived recently-acquired Trent Hunter with the intention of buying him out. Assuming Hunter clears waivers and is indeed bought out by New Jersey--the Devils will be on the hook for $666,667 per season for the next four seasons-- he will become an unrestricted free agent.
When asked if he'd consider re-signing Hunter (albeit for a lower price) if such a scenario presents itself, Islanders GM Garth Snow provided a cryptic answer:
"We would look at all options to make our team better."
Just last Thursday, Hunter was traded by the Islanders in exchange for 38-year-old forward Brian Rolston in a move that had beneficial salary cap ramifications for both clubs.
The Islanders inched closer to the floor with Rolston's cap hit of more than $5 million per year. The Devils cleared space and added Hunter, whose cap hit of $2 million per year saved them some money and provided them some flexibility to resign Zach Parise.
Parise avoided arbitration this weekend by agreeing to a one-year deal worth a reported $6 million.