Roloson Dealt To Tampa
With Wiseniewski already having been dealt to the Montreal Canadiens for draft picks, it only seemed as a matter of time until the Islanders would ship out Dwayne Roloson, their 41-year old netminder that has done absolutely nothing but give his bottom feeding team a fighting chance to win almost every hockey game that he started.
Roloson was seen in the top-10 of goalie statistics for a handful of times throughout this season, despite the team being at either one of the bottom two spots in the NHL standings. Think about that for a second; this is a goaltender who is quite possibly on the brink of retirement and is out playing his goaltending opponent at the other end of the ice on a nightly basis. The only reason why he didn't have the wins is because this team has had trouble scoring in front of him all year long.
With the Islanders on a roll, going 6-3-1 in their last ten, Garth Snow has opted to trade Dwayne Roloson to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ty Wishart, a former first round pick by the San Jose Sharks in the 2006 Entry Draft. Wishart is 22-years old, clocking in at 6'4 and 222 pounds. He's been playing with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL and has four goals and 14 assists in 31 games played so far in the minors. He has five games of NHL experience and will be reporting to Bridgeport while the Islanders are on their west coast road trip.
Thoughts on the trade: Roloson is a better goalie than his record indicates and the Tampa Bay Lightning know that. He will be getting possibly his last and final chance to win a Stanley Cup with a team that sits at the top of their division. So you would think that Rolo's 2.64 GAA and .916 save percentage would at least garnish a little bit more than a defenseman that has yet to crack a permanent spot in an NHL line-up, right? Wrong. Roloson is 41-years old; find me a General Manager who will be willing to part with a young member of his core or major player of his future for a goalie that may be retiring at the end of the season. You won't.
It's a good move for both teams. Will Wishart turn out to be a top-4 defenseman? Everyone will have to wait and see. But Garth Snow has been all about making moves that will help his team in the long run. On paper, this move should do just that. Wisniewski and Roloson are two players that playoff teams want to have but at a reasonable price. They are not comparable to the Marian Hossa/Ryan Smyth types where teams risked financing their future away for a rental.
Here's hoping this deal works out well for both sides.
Although I hate to admit, if Rick DiPietro's injury history jumps up and bites him in the ass, this team is going to be in some serious trouble, and no one will think about Ty Wishart's future. They will worry about their number one goaltender who is signed here for the next decade.
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