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Isles deal Roloson to Lightning

Saturday, 01.01.2011 / 10:50 PM / News

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Isles deal Roloson to Lightning
First, it was James Wisniewski. On Saturday night, the New York Islanders became Dwayne Roloson's former team.

The 41-year-old goaltender, who made 38 saves in a 4-3 overtime win at Detroit on Friday, was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for minor-league defenseman Ty Wishart.

Roloson, who helped the Edmonton Oilers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2006, was 6-13-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 20 appearances for the Islanders this season. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He is 196-229-42-33 with a 2.66 GAA in 532 NHL games.

"Roloson's played outstanding this year," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said after his team earned a 2-1 overtime victory against the New York Rangers. "Sometimes opportunities pass by and you miss them. It was an opportunity that I think (Lightning GM) Steve (Yzerman) felt he wanted to jump on."

Wishart, 22, has 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 31 games for the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound blueliner was selected in the first round (No. 16) of the 2006 Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He has just five NHL games on his resume, which came with Tampa Bay during the 2008-09 season.

"In this trade we give up a promising, former first-round pick," Yzerman said. "We wish him luck in the Islanders' organization. In Roloson we have acquired a proven, veteran goaltender who will provide stability in net."

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