UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Dwayne Roloson
knows the drill.
The 40-year-old goaltender knows there's no reason to get worked up over the fact that the New York Islanders
may trade him before Wednesday's 3 p.m. (ET) deadline.
Because, after all, they may not -- especially when you consider Rick DiPietro
is out indefinitely due to swelling in his left knee and Martin Biron
has won only four of his 19 appearances this season.
One thing is for sure, though -- Roloson won't be surprised if a trade is made. It wouldn't be the first time for the veteran, who is set to make $2.5 million next season. He made 41 saves on Tuesday night in a 5-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks
at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It was Roloson's 20th win of the season.
"It is what it is," said Roloson, who was dealt from Minnesota to Edmonton in 2006, then led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Final. "I've been through it how many times? It's just one of those things if it happens, it happens. You deal with it."
The Islanders dealt with one trade on Tuesday afternoon, as GM Garth Snow
sent defenseman Andy Sutton
to the Ottawa Senators
for a second-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft. When asked how much he was looking forward to getting through Wednesday's deadline, Isles coach Scott Gordon
didn't feel much like discussing it.
"I was more than happy to get today over with," was Gordon's response.
But just like hundreds of other players in the NHL, Roloson has a family to think about. The Simcoe, Ontario, native has a wife and two sons and was quick to point out how much a sudden trade can affect a player's family.
"For us as players, it's just part of our job," Roloson said. "The fans, they see everything that's all honky-dory about our jobs and our lives. But at the same time, you could get up and move tomorrow, or within an hour or two hours. It's just part of the job. I think everybody in this room is used to it or ready for it."
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