NEWARK NJ - DECEMBER 23: Dwayne Roloson #30 of the New York Islanders looks on against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 23 2010 in Newark New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Lightning Get Needed Help In Goal, Acquire Dwayne Roloson From Islanders

The Lightning needed a boost in goal. Steve Yzerman went out and took care of that, acquiring Dwayne Roloson from the Islanders for minor leaguer Ty Wishart.

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Ty Wishart, The Other Piece Of The Dwayne Roloson Trade

Who is Ty Wishart? Our Islanders blog, Lighthouse Hockey, tried to find out:

As mentioned, his 18 points puts him behind only Rhett Rakhshani on [the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, NYI's AHL affiliate], though he compiled those points on a high-scoring Norfolk squad. Dylan Reese is with the Islanders on their current road trip (and Lawson now will join him), but it wouldn't be a stretch to see Wishart soon finding himself in that first call-up role.

For the long term, though -- and presumably the Isles wouldn't have dealt Roloson for someone they don't see in their long-term plans -- Wishart adds size (6'4", 222 lbs) the Islanders didn't have in their current blueline pipeline. While Travis Hamonic is here now, Calvin De Haan might be here next year or the year following, and Matt Donovan is still a few years away, Wishart at age 22 slips in as someone who might grab a spot in that timeline.

As they were for [James Wisniewski], the Islanders are Wishart's third NHL club. He arrived in Tampa Bay along with Matt Carle as part of the Dan Boyle deal. In 2006 the Sharks traded up to draft him 16th overall (which Michael Fornabaio points out, was a deal that relates to the pick the Isles got from Montreal for Wisniewski).

He was the second defenseman drafted in 2006. (Erik Johnson was first.) Scouts at the time called him "dependable as a Maytag" and some compared him to Eric Brewer, although at least one said Brewer was a better skater.

He's ripe. This past fall was Wishart's fifth pro camp. He's developed on others' watch, so the Isles get to evaluate him more closely under their own watch and likely take him out of the oven pretty soon. He's said to be close to NHL-ready, and he was blocked by several older D-men in Tampa Bay. That may have implications for other pending free agents Radek MartinekMilan JurcinaBruno Gervais and Jack Hillen.

He's an RFA this summer. Speaking of free agents, Wishart is in the final year of his three-year entry level contract (ELC) that carries a $1.22 million cap hit at the NHL level but pays him $62,500 at the AHL level. His base NHL salary this year is $765,000, so he'll need to be offered at least that plus a nominal raise in a qualifying offer to retain his rights this coming summer.

He's played only 5 NHL games. The only one of the five -- all in February 2009 -- in which he received meaningful ice time, he was one of two Lightning players to avoid a negative Corsi. (That doesn't really mean anything, but it was fun to look up.)

For more on the trade, Lighthouse Hockey has you covered.


Dwayne Roloson Trade 'Immediately Shifts The Narrative' In Tampa's Crease

From our Lightning blog, Raw Charge, on Tampa's acquisition of veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

The trade immediately shifts the narrative of the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltending situation and creates more questions on what happens now with Mike Smith or Dan Ellis -- the two goalies who had struggled most of the first half of the season (despite the Bolts ultimate =winning record). Coach Guy Boucher, in post game comments, made a remark that Smith and Ellis would continue to be worked with but Roloson was a great opportunity for the club.

This also signals another cog from the Dan Boyle trade now jettisoned from the organization. Ty Wishart departing is ultimately a cost that needed to be paid in order to upgrade the goaltending situation, and may have proven expendable when reviewing the Lightning's plans for the future.

Wishart, a former first round pick with the San Jose Sharks, has seen all of five games the Lightning during the regular season since his acquisition in summer 2008. All were played during 2008-09.


Lightning Get Needed Help In Goal, Acquire Dwayne Roloson From Islanders

Believe it or not, the Tampa Bay Lightning are a contender in the Southeast Division and the Eastern Conference this season. Fact of the matter, though, is that with Dan Ellis and Mike Smith in net, they weren't going to win anything but a lot of frustration. 

Steve Yzerman has gone out and changed that, acquiring veteran Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for former first-round pick Ty Wishart

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

Stability in net. It's key, and now the Bolts think they have it. Roloson, 41, is old. There's no denying that. But he's experienced and he's actually still quite good. His numbers -- 2.64 GAA and a .916 save percentage -- are respectable, especially while playing on such a bad team.

He is stability. The Bolts now have consistent goaltending to go along with explosive offensive firepower. 

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