In a move that may or may not alter what has already turned into a disappointing season for the New York Islanders, goalie Dwayne Roloson was shipped over the weekend from the Isles to Tampa Bay for a minor league defenseman Ty Wishart.
Wishart, 22, was the San Jose Sharks’ first round draft choice, 16th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
The Islanders’ newest defenseman has played in five career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay, and recorded one assist.
On paper, and we know it sometimes takes a while for trades to pan out, Tampa Bay seems to have gotten the better end of the deal.
Roloson brings an experienced goalie to a Lightning squad involved in a playoff race (51 points, second place Eastern Conference), while the Islanders hope Wishart turns into a future key member of their defense.
While Roloson’s numbers this season will not blow you away, one cannot help but wonder if the Isles could have looked elsewhere and gotten more for him?
For Isles GM Garth Snow, this move had better pan out down the road, or it will be another negative sent his way from a disgruntled fan base on Long Island.
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Written by Dave Thomas