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Islanders deal goalie Roloson to Tampa Bay for minor league defenseman

Posted By Dave Thomas On Jan 2 2011 @ 8:00 pm In New York Islanders | 2 Comments

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.

Roloson, who is in the final year of a two-year deal, was 6-13-1 to date in 2010 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 20 games.

Dwayne Roloson

In 532 NHL games, Roloson is 196-229-42-33 with a 2.66 GAA, including an appearance in the 2006 Finals as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
Wishart, meantime, will report to the Islanders’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Wishart, 22, was the San Jose Sharks’ first round draft choice, 16th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Currently in his third professional season, the 6’4”, 222-pound defenseman has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 31 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

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.

New York is next set for action Monday (Jan. 3) at Calgary.

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