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Rolston's Return Was a Success

Friday, 05.4.2012 / 7:40 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Rolston\'s Return Was a Success

BOSTON, MA -- One of the brightest spots in the B's star-crossed 2011-12 season was the return of a familiar face in the form of Brian Rolston.

Rolston, who had played 338 games for Boston from 2000-2004 with 101-135-236 totals, was acquired at the trade deadline to provide some much-needed depth to the B's lines.

In the end, however, the versatile forward again made himself an integral part of the B's attack.

"It was exciting to be back here, to be a part of this team," said Rolston at the B's season-end media availability. "The nucleus of this team is so strong, this team has a bright future obviously.

"I think going to the Stanley Cup finals - I think this year it can be mentally challenging when you get into a hard series like we were in.

"It was a hard fought series," continued the forward. "Not a whole lot of goals scored, and it’s a game of inches in the playoffs.

"You know, they got the last goal and that’s pretty much in a nutshell what happened," he said.

What happens next for Rolston, who is a free agent, remains to be seen.

During the club's breakup day, the popular two-time Bruin said he wasn't sure if he would remain with Boston, play somewhere else in the NHL or possibly even retire.

"We'll cross that bridge in a little bit but we'll see what happens," said Rolston, who said "Of course" when asked if he would return to Boston.

"It's up in the air pretty much," he added. "We'll see how it goes."

However, Rolston was happy that he was able to construct an effective coda to his previous time with Boston.

"Well it was great," said Rolston of his second tour with the Black & Gold. "The team made me feel welcome right away and it took me a little bit to get into it, but I felt real comfortable and had a purpose again and it was great to be back here."

And next season, even if he's no longer with Boston, Rolston likes what he sees in the B's core.

"I firmly believe this team will be back competing for the Stanley Cup next year," he said.

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