The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed goaltender Dwayne Roloson to a one-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
“We are happy to bring Dwayne back into the fold today,” Yzerman said. “He proved his worth both in the regular season and playoffs last year, bringing stability to our team. He is a proven veteran and we are pleased to have him back for the upcoming season.”
“I’m extremely excited to return to the Lightning,” Roloson said. “It is a great organization and we had a great run last season. I’m looking forward to trying to do it again in 2011-12.”
Roloson, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, played in 34 games with the Lightning last season after being acquired on January 1, 2011. He went on to post an 18-12-4 record with a .912 save percentage, 2.56 goals-against average and four shutouts during the regular season. Roloson became the first goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout in his debut with the Lightning on January 4 at Washington, making 34 saves in a 1-0 win. He was also the third goaltender in the previous 33 years to post a shutout at the age of 41 or older. Roloson also posted back-to-back shutouts on January 25 and February 1, making him the first Lightning goaltender to do so since 2008.
Despite all his regular season accomplishments with the Lightning, it was during the Stanley Cup Playoffs when he made his mark. He played in 17 postseason games with Tampa Bay in 2011, posting a 10-6 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage with one shutout, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Roloson ranked third among all playoff goaltenders in wins and saves (500) as well as fourth in save percentage and games played. More importantly, he helped lead the Bolts to their first series win and first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2004.
A native of Simcoe, Ontario, Roloson has played in 566 career NHL games with the Lightning, Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames, posting a career 2.65 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He was also named to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game. Roloson has played in 50 career playoff games, posting a 28-18 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.54 goals-against average in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 2006 he helped the Edmonton Oilers to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1990.
Roloson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Calgary Flames on July 4, 1994. Prior to turning professional, Roloson played college hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.