The Lightning have acquired veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart. The immediate question is how this move affects the tandem of Dan Ellis and Mike Smith and is womething that will probably be resolved sooner than later. Keep an eye on Raw Charge for up-to-the-minute analysis as this situation develops.
Official team press release:
LIGHTNING ACQUIRE G DWAYNE ROLOSON FROM ISLANDERS
D Ty Wishart Sent to Long Island
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart tonight, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
“In this trade we give up a promising, former first-round pick. We wish him luck in the Islanders organization,” Yzerman said. “In Roloson we have acquired a proven, veteran goaltender who will provide stability in net.”
Roloson, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, has played in 20 games with the Islanders this season, posting a 6-13-1 record, a .916 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average. He leads all New York goaltenders each category as well as games played.
A native of Simcoe , Ontario , Roloson has played in 532 career NHL games, posting a career 2.66 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He was named to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game. Roloson has played in 33 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting an 18-12 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average.
Roloson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Calgary Flames on July 4, 1994.