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The Ducks Have A New Goaltending Consultant

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks announced today they have named Dwayne Roloson as the team's goaltending consultant. Roloson will assume the responsibilities of Goaltending Consultant Pete Peeters, who retired from coaching on June 5, 2013.

“We are happy to have Dwayne in the organization and look forward to him joining the NHL club this season,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He’s a knowledgeable, hard-working coach, just as he was as a player for 14 years.”

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Sabres Can Thank The Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2 to keep the Capitals two points ahead of the Sabres, who now have a game-in-hand on the Caps.

The turning point of the game came with the Capitals up 1-0 then Mike Green was robbed by Roloson which would have put the Caps up 2-0.  Soon after the Bolts scored 2 quick goals.

With about 3 minutes left in the 3rd, the Caps did score and you thought this game was going to OT.  But Stamkos scored with just over a minute to play then added an empty netter as time ran out.

Watch the Roloson save…

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Will Roloson Find His ‘A’ Game?

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

With a new year arriving, the Lightning hope it translates to Roloson’s game returning.

“I’ve seen it in the past, you are riding one goaltender and then you start riding the other goaltender, so hopefully that’s what we’ll be seeing,’’ Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said.

The turnaround will have to be dramatic. After joining Tampa Bay last season in a New Year’s Day trade from the New York Islanders, Roloson allowed four or more goals 10 times in 34 appearances last season, nearly 30 percent of his games. In 16 starts this season, he allowed four or more goals 10 times, or 62.5 percent of his games.

In his past seven games — which include a pair of relief appearances — he allowed at least three goals. His 3.81 goals-against average is the worst in the league among goaltenders to start more than three games and his save percentage of .882 ranks 71st out of 75 goaltenders to appear in at least one game.

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Roloson Feels Good But Numbers Say Otherwise

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

He feels good — no, great — on the ice, and his coaches say he is working as hard as ever in practice and in the video room.

Then what the heck is wrong with the Lightning goaltender’s game?

“It’s just things are finding ways in right now,” Roloson said. “I’m seeing the puck real well. Circumstantial things happen and things go into the net.”

Roloson’s 3.67 goals-against average entered Tuesday 68th of 71 goalies listed by the NHL. His .882 save percentage was 65th.

He is 6-9-1 in 17 games, lost his past five starts with a 5.25 goals-against average and .829 save percentage and likely will sit for the eighth time in 13 games Thursday against the Flames at the St. Pete Times Forum.

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Is Rolie The Goalie Done?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

It’s probably too early to say that Dwayne Roloson has been struck by the cudgel of Father Time, but Tampa’s 42-year-old goalie looks ready to start leafing through AARP Monthly for comfy retirement spots. He was scorched for seven goals on home ice in a 7-4 loss to Florida, leaving the former ULowell star with 17 goals allowed in his last three starts. It has been a heck of a run for Rollie the Goalie, who didn’t become a full-time starter until age 32, playing for his third NHL team (Minnesota). He was excellent in last year’s playoffs (10-6, 2.51), but he started leaking like a junkyard 1962 Studebaker in the Cup semis vs. the Bruins.

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Roloson Addresses Slow Start

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Dwayne Roloson has said he is done discussing his age. But the Lightning goaltender on Tuesday understood it was something that needed to be addressed.

Getting tagged for 17 goals in his past three starts while turning 42 years old will do that.

“Oh, yeah,” said the league’s oldest player when asked if he is up to the physical challenge. “I just spent two hours on the ice. Physically, the challenge is there. Mentally, the challenge is there. It’s execution.”

That has not been there.

Roloson is 1-2-1 in four games with a 5.09 goals-against average that entered Tuesday last among 54 goalies listed by the NHL. His .858 save percentage was 50th. Only Ottawa’s Craig Anderson had allowed more goals than Roloson’s 18.

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It Was One Of Those Night’s For Dwayne Roloson

Who was pulled after giving up five goals in about 27 minutes.

Lightning lost to the Islanders 5-1.

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Report: Dwayne Roloson Signs 1 Year in Tampa

From Ryan Rishaug of TSN on Twitter

Roloson 1 year 3 mill with tampa.

From Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey

Pretty much expected this one, and only marginally above the $2.5 million he made last season.

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Practice Day Q&A with Tampa Coach Boucher

Q.  Who is going to start in goal for you tomorrow night?
COACH BOUCHER:  Roloson.

Q.  Can you give us your reasoning for that?
COACH BOUCHER:  Well, I mean, he was the guy that took us here, and that’s how I felt before last game; but like I said, I felt like it was time to give him a little breather.

And at the same time I felt that Smitty played really well.  So it’s a perfect situation to put Smitty in.  If something were to go wrong in the previous game, put a new goaltender in for a do-or-die, I don’t think it would have been a good moment for anybody.

So this is a perfect situation.  He’s going to be the only rested guy in the two teams.

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Dwayne Roloson and the Story of Kelly Ryan

From Martin Fennelly at the Tampa Tribune:

There’s a small green shamrock painted on the back plate of Roloson’s goalie mask — a shamrock with the initials KR inside it. And there are the letters TDLO for “The Dream Lives On.”

It’s for a friend, a former camper at Roloson’s summer goalie school, a boy not unlike Roloson’s young sons, Brett and Ross. The shamrock is for a remarkable boy who’ll always be 12, with a mop of hair and smile that could melt the ice.

It’s for KR.  Kelly Ryan.

“I’m honored to have him with me,” Roloson said.

“The dream lives on, that’s true,” said Phil Ryan, Kelly’s father. “Every day I watch Roli in the playoffs, even though Roli’s name is on the sweater, … Kelly is there. He’s in the Eastern Conference Finals.”

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Afternoon Line

On Dwayne Roloson’s success at age 41:

“Maybe he’s just like a fine wine.  He just gets better with age. Or something like that.”

Matt Moulson, NYI forward and Roloson’s former teammate

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Roloson Making a Place in History

From Damian Cristodero at the St. Petersberg Times:

One would think if an NHL player was being mentioned with one of the all-time greats, he would at least take some notice.

But Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson said he doesn’t read the sports section and doesn’t turn on the television much, either.

“So, to be honest with you,” he said Monday, “I have no inkling what you’re talking about.”

Did he want to know?

“No,” he said, “I don’t want to hear it.”

But it is worth mentioning.

Roloson’s eight straight playoff victories tie him with Hall of Famer Jacques Plante, who did it in 1969 with the Blues, for most by a goalie 40 or older. Roloson needs two more wins, not necessarily in a row, to tie former Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek for most in a playoff season by those goalies of a certain age.

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Goalies Made In The Same Mold

Both Tim Thomas and Dwayne Roloson have had a similar career path.

Watch the Sportsnet report…



Update 1:31am ET: More on Dwayne Roloson’s early career can be found here.

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Roloson Refuses To Fold

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Playing the part of Jaroslav Halak in 2010 in the 2011 playoffs (so far anyway) is the pride of Simcoe, Ont. – 41-year-old Dwayne Roloson, who is proving once again that, for some players, age is just a number in the NHL and not a state of mind.

Roloson’s Tampa Bay Lightning have won five games in a row and have the Eastern Conference favourites, the Washington Capitals, on the ropes after winning the first two games of their best-of-seven series on the road….

Roloson has a sparkling .947 save percentage and is only the third goaltender 40 or older to win six or more games in a single postseason, after Jacques Plante (eight wins with the 1969 St. Louis Blues) and Dominik Hasek (10 with the 2007 Detroit Red Wings)....

There is still a long way for Tampa to go – and maybe the biggest challenge yet comes this week, thanks to the NHL schedule maker, who has the Lightning playing the next two home games on back-to-back days (Tuesday and Wednesday). Boucher noted on a conference call with reporters Monday he will be interested in seeing where his team’s energy level for those games are, given it needed to go seven to eliminate Pittsburgh, while Washington had a relatively easy time of it (defeating the New York Rangers in five games).

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Hasek a Role Model for Roloson

From Eric Duhatschek from the Globe and Mail:

There is still a long way for Tampa to go - and maybe the biggest challenge yet comes this week, thanks to the NHL schedule maker, which has the Lightning playing the next two home games on back-to-back days, Tuesday and Wednesday. Normally, there is more recovery time between games in the playoffs and Roloson’s handful of tough outings since joining the Lightning have generally occurred when the work load piled up, about the only concession he’s made thus far to the numbers on his birth certificate.

But Roloson also had a pretty good role model for learning to play into his dotage - Dominik Hasek, for whom he backed up way back in the 1990s with the Buffalo Sabres, when he landed after his original NHL team, the Calgary Flames, let him go. In fact, I was trying to remember if Roloson ever played in Calgary at the same time as his Lightning teammate Martin St. Louis, another ageless wonder - and another freebie that Tampa received after the Flames couldn’t find a spot on their star-studded roster all those years ago. Answer: Yes and no.

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Does Roloson Have Another Hot Streak In Him?

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

It might come down to one game, one moment, one save.

You’re there or you’re not.

That’s the life of a playoff goaltender.

“You never know when the opportunity is going to come around again,” Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson said.

He’s 41, the oldest active goaltender in the NHL and he feels born again. He’ll help lead the Bolts into the playoffs for the first time in four years.

It has been five years since Roloson played postseason hockey, the 2006 playoffs, a memorable run, but still bittersweet.

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Canes, Bolts Present Huge Tests for Each Other this Weekend (and a Quick Thought on Boston/Montreal)

For the Carolina Hurricanes, tonight’s game in Tampa against the Lightning, the first half of a home-and-home between the two clubs, is about picking up two points and doing their part to stay alive in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The ‘Canes trail eighth-place Buffalo by three points as each team prepares for its 74th game of the year tonight, with the Sabres hosting the Florida Panthers.

For the home squad, it’s about picking up the pieces and restoring whatever’s been lost of late. The Lightning have managed just a single regulation win this month and have seen their prolific offense dry up, averaging only 2.18 goals per game in March. Take out last Monday’s six-goal outburst in Toronto and that number shrinks below two – unfathomable, really, for a team that had averaged over three tallies per game not all that long ago.

Tampa Bay’s miserable March has included a quartet of losses to also-rans most recently, falling to Ottawa twice, Florida and the New York Islanders, but tonight, the Lightning will be forced to match the intensity level of a team still very much alive in the playoff race and combat the desperation that comes with so much on the line.

The Lightning aren’t in any real danger of missing the post-season – in fact, with a pair of regulation wins over Carolina tonight and tomorrow, they’ll close the book on that remote possibility outright – but, with their production having plummeted so severely these last few weeks, there’s no doubting the very real threat of an early playoff exit. With nine games remaining on the regular season docket, Tampa has some time to figure things out but, the worse this gets, the harder that will become, meaning the time to put an end to their current struggles is now.

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Southeast Tonight: Three Games on the Schedule

A look around at the Southeast Division teams in action tonight:

Atlanta at Buffalo
If Rick Dudley is deciding between buyer and seller mode, this might just be the game to shove him swiftly in one direction or the other.

Atlanta has been in a tailspin in the new year, with just three regulation wins since we said farewell to 2010. Currently, the Thrashers have lost seven out of their last eight and are just 2-10-4 in their last 16.

They sit five points behind eighth place Carolina and are tied, points-wise, with tonight’s opponent, though their meeting with Buffalo becomes is that much more pivotal with the Sabres having two games in hand on Atlanta.

New faces Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, acquired last week from Boston, will each play in their second game as a Thrasher tonight. Both made an impact in their Atlanta debut in Edmonton Sunday, despite the team’s 5-3 loss, with Wheeler assisting on an Andrew Ladd tally and Stuart scrapping with J-F Jacques in the second period.

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ECF Preview? East’s Best, Flyers and Lightning Duke it Out in Tampa

“Playoff atmosphere”…

“Statement game”…

Two overused hockey clichés, yes, but each applied to last night’s tilt between the Eastern Conference’s top two clubs, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was, without a doubt, a playoff-type atmosphere at the St. Pete Times Forum, in a back-and-forth, physical affair that resulted in the virtual tie of a shootout victory for Philadelphia.

And the statement that was made in Philly’s 4-3 win is that both of these clubs are for real, each a legitimate contender when the postseason hits, and that a playoff series between the two would be intensity at its best.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning/Sabres, 2/8/11 (Plus, Isles Goalie Woes and Matt Cooke)

As the second period of last night’s Sabres/Lightning game was nearing a close, anyone trying to get a jump on writing their game story had to feel pretty good about things.

Captain Vincent Lecavalier was putting together a dominant performance, the Bolts had a two-goal lead, goalie Dwayne Roloson looked sharp and entering the third period with a lead has been a near sure thing for this team, 22-1-1 in such a scenario before last night.

Once Thomas Vanek’s 20th goal of the year cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-2 with less than two minutes left in the middle frame, however, a not-so-fast vibe filled the St. Pete Times Forum. That Vanek, a notorious Lightning-killer, started the turn of Buffalo’s tides should be no surprise. That the game got as out of control as it did beyond that, though, should be.

And now, the return of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with some cameo appearances from other games (so as not to overly depress the Lightning faithful):

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This & That: On Smith, DiPietro vs. Johnson, Lightning Announcements, Caps’ Playoff Hopes and More

Introducing This & That. a feature set aside for those days when my brain is incapable of any smooth transition from one thought to another. Instead, a random spattering of things I’m thinking, items I meant to include elsewhere but may have forgotten and miscellaneous ramblings that may otherwise have no defined category or forum for inclusion.

(Plus, this way, I never have to use the term “hodgepodge” again.)

Off we go:

—-“If Smitty gets claimed, it’s good for him. If he doesn’t, he goes down and plays for us down there. We want to get him playing.” – Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, on recently waived netminder Mike Smith.

To the first point, absolutely. As far back as late last season, I was wondering whether or not Smith might be better off with a fresh start. Amid flashes of brilliance, Smith has struggled consistently throughout his tenure in Tampa and had all kinds of promise stifled by injuries. This year, despite unsightly statistics, some in scouting circles have seen reason for optimism in his game, giving new life to the idea that he might somehow flourish in a new situation.

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Bolts at the Break: Couldn’t Ask for Much More

With the pre-All-Star break portion of their schedule now officially complete after last night’s 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Tampa Bay Lightning sit comfortably atop the Southeast Division, second overall in the Eastern Conference and can rest, save for All-Stars Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, with five days before a meeting with the East-leading Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

51 games in the books, 31 to play – before the second season, that is, which is now nothing short of extremely likely for Tampa Bay. (Playoff hockey, folks! And – gasp – something to get excited about!)

Actually, there’s been plenty of excitement surrounding the Lightning all season already.

There are, of course, the 31 wins – second only to Philadelphia (33) and matched only by Pittsburgh in all the National Hockey League.

There’s the 16-4-2 home record and the fact that all but one of the Lightning’s hockey games in February will be played at the St. Pete Times Forum, with ten tilts remaining on the lengthy 12-game homestand.

There are individual performances to consider, namely St. Louis and Stamkos, near the top of the league in goals, assists and points all season long and the latter now in position for “Rocket” Richard and Art Ross honors with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby on the shelf.

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The Bolts Beat, 1/24/11: State of the Lightning After 50, All-Star Thoughts, Nabokov, NYI and More

***Sorry for the delay, folks. A few technical issues in getting the show uploaded this week. Thanks. - JJ***

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Jon, Mark and Mike compare the current state of the Tampa Bay Lightning versus where we all thought they might be at the 50-game mark, share our thoughts on the upcoming All-Star game and some possible ways to improve the event, weigh in on the drama surrounding Evgeni Nabokov, the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Islanders, admit some nerves about the upcoming uniform/logo changes for Tampa Bay and much more…

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Lightning Assign Goaltender Mike Smith to AHL Norfolk for Conditioning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have sent goaltender Mike Smith to AHL Norfolk on a conditioning assignment today, as announced by the team.

Smith has been recovering from a knee injury and has missed the last fifteen games.

With Dwayne Roloson and Dan Ellis already on Tampa Bay’s active roster, Smith has been assumed by many to be the odd-man out eventually, though nothing has been made certain to this point.

Today’s move, at the very least, buys general manager Steve Yzerman some time to continue to consider all options.

Smith, acquired by Tampa Bay in February of 2008 in the deal that saw forward Brad Richards head to Dallas, is in the final season of a two-year contract that carries a cap hit of $2.2-million.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning/Capitals, 1/12/11

Yesterday, the aim here was to reaffirm the realistic goal of a Southeast Division championship for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Keeping pace with the three-time defending champion Washington Capitals through 43 games was enough, at face value, to establish that. But, in shutting out the Caps for a second consecutive meeting and, really, dominating last night’s game throughout, the Lightning have taken things a step further.

The road to the Southeast Division championship goes through Tampa.

Clearly, nothing’s been settled yet. 38 games remaining games for each club – with two more against each other – dictates as much. But the tides have turned in the Lightning’s favor since the acquisition of Dwayne Roloson, who has now blanked Washington twice in a week for his new club.

The difference between being outscored 12-3 in two losses to the Capitals earlier in the year and not allowing a single goal in two since goes far beyond a goaltending upgrade.

“We were trying to play their game,” Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said of the first two meetings with Washington this year, “And, to be honest with you, at their game, they’re better than us.”

“We focused a lot less on the other team (in the two wins) and a lot more on ourselves.”

In doing so, the Bolts have flipped the script on their division rivals and sit alone atop the Southeast standings.

And while Washington has struggled to find consistency during a shift in identity from the offensive dynamo they’ve been in recent years, Tampa Bay has continually improved all season long.

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The Bolts Beat, 1/10/11: Tampa’s Up & Down Week, M-A Bergeron, Slightly Whacky All-Star Picks & More

In tonight’s episode of The Bolts Beat, the gang reviews a roller coaster week for the Tampa Bay Lightning and analyzes what the addition of defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron might eventually mean for the club.


And, in a nod to the NHL’s unique way of fielding two all-star teams this year, Jon, Mark and Mike create some rules as well in selecting their very own squads.

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All that, plus the usual shenanigans after the jump…

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Pounded in Pittsburgh, Bolts Will “Bypass” This One

Following Dwayne Roloson’s stellar 34-save shutout debut in Tuesday night’s win in Washington, yours truly joined a host of other media types in pondering aloud just how far stable goaltending might propel the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After all, you can’t ask for a much better start with a new team than the one Roloson enjoyed against the Capitals.

That win elevated the Lightning into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division and into a tie for the top point total in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Enter the Penguins…

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Roloson Could Take Tampa from Good to Great, Plus Thoughts on M-A Bergeron and More

Let’s not make too much of Dwayne Roloson’s 34-save, shutout debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Or, maybe, come to think of it, let’s

It was but one game but what a big game it was.

To best the division rival Washington Capitals like that, with first place at stake in a 1-0 overtime finish, with both teams playing at a feverish pace all the while and the opposing goaltender standing on his head as well… Well, that’s one hell of a debut.

But, really, what you saw on Tuesday night is what Roloson brings to the table consistently. No, not a spectacular shutout performance each night (wouldn’t that be nice?) but a workman-like approach, a battle mentality and a proven track record of giving the team in front of him a chance to win on a nightly basis. Last night, Semyon Varlamov keeping the Bolts off the scoreboard for almost 63 minutes meant Roloson had to completely shut down the formidable Capitals attack and he was up to the task. On some nights, it will mean keeping the opponent from scoring a third or fourth goal.

Whatever the situation, with Roloson, you know what you’re getting.

And this could very well turn out to be the perfect fit with limitless potential.

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Bolts, Caps Set to Square Off in Washington With First Place (and More) on the Line

Roughly half-way through the 2010-11 NHL schedule, what was once known as the “Southleast” Division is no more. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Atlanta Thrashers are all slotted in playoff position presently and the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers are just below the eight seed cut line, in ninth and tenth place, respectively.

Tampa, Washington and Atlanta comprise half of the Eastern Conference’s top-six and all five Southeast teams together make up exactly fifty percent of the East’s top-ten. That’s no small feat and certainly worthy of some commendation therefore.

Tonight, the Lightning and Capitals will focus only on each other as they meet in Washington, even in the points department, with first place in the division and the chance to match idle Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s conference-leading 53 points on the line.

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Three’s Company in Tampa Nets - For Now

For now, the Tampa Bay Lightning will roll on with three goaltenders.

But with Dwayne Roloson now in the fold, joining Dan Ellis and a still mending Mike Smith after Saturday’s trade with the New York Islanders, eventually, something will have to give.

Early indications seem to suggest Smith, who is close to returning from a recent knee injury, is the most logical odd man out for a variety of reasons, despite significant improvement in his play prior to getting hurt.

In the final year of a contract that carries a cap hit of $2.2-million dollars, it would make sense for the Lightning to try and deal Smith for whatever value the team could find before he hits unrestricted free agency at season’s end. That won’t exactly come easy, however, with the bottom line remaining some very unattractive numbers this year and overall statistics that have actually worsened consistently as the team in front of him has improved over the last three seasons. Add to that a history of injuries (Smith has appeared in less than half of Tampa’s games since the start of the 2008-09) and an unsavory dollar number for the kind of inconsistency he’s shown and it becomes awfully difficult to imagine logical trade scenarios involving the former Dallas Star.

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The Bolts Beat, 1/3/11: Roloson in the Mix, Odd Goalie Out, the Last Word on Spin-o-Rama Gate & More

In the first installment of The Bolts Beat for 2011, Jon, Mike and Mark give their thoughts on Tampa Bay’s addition of goaltender Dwayne Roloson and why the deal was made now. Later, things get a little spicy when the conversation turns to what it likely means for Dan Ellis and/or Mike Smith.

Also, the guys give their thoughts on the stellar NHL debut of yet another goalie, Cedrick Desjardins, and discuss how he might fit into the Lightning’s future plans.

And, finally - no, really, for the last time - the gang reluctantly entertains the controversy that should never have been over Steven Stamkos’ penalty shot goal against Montreal.

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All that, plus more (including a special announcement!) after the jump…

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Lightning Land Roloson from Islanders

As NYI Point Blank‘s Chris Botta first reported, the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart.

The Tampa Tribune‘s Erik Erlendsson and others have since confirmed.

Roloson joins Dan Ellis, the injured Mike Smith and upstart rookie Cedrick Desjardins (1st star in tonight’s win over the Rangers and 2-0-0 with two goals against in two starts) in Tampa’s goaltending ranks.

Four’s a crowd.

[UPDATE: According to ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran, Desjardins will be returned to AHL Norfolk.]

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Roloson To The Ligntning

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Point Blank has learned that the Islanders and Lightning are finalizing negotiations for a trade that would send goaltender Dwayne Roloson to Tampa Bay. The Islanders’ return for the 41-year-old goaltender would be 22-year old defense prospect Ty Wishart.

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Others have confirmed the trade…

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Lightning Fall on Long Island as Roloson Shines (Plus, Holiday Greetings from JJ)

The Tampa Bay Lightning came into Wednesday night’s meeting with the New York Islanders with a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the NHL’s Southeast Division.

They left with an overtime loss to the league’s worst team, spoiling a second consecutive solid performance from goaltender Dan Ellis, who stopped 26 saves in defeat.

Dwayne Roloson stood out in goal for New York, turning aside 34 of 35 Lightning shots, John Tavares posted the game-winner and the Islander penalty killers were excellent, neutralizing Tampa Bay with the extra man on five of six opportunities.

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Lightning Hit Long Island Amid Latest Turmoil for the Islanders

There are several higher-profile games on tonight’s NHL docket but the Tampa Bay Lightning’s visit to Long Island has my undivided attention this evening (and would still, even were I not tasked with Bolts coverage, nor had I no stifled sentimental attachment to the Isles).

Both clubs have struggled of late, although that doesn’t even begin to tell the tale of the hapless Islanders, 0-9-1 in their last ten and now under the command of a new head coach in Jack Capuano, who was handed the position on an interim basis after Isles’ brass made Scott Gordon the fall guy for their woeful start.

If a team in turmoil is always a dangerous one, what does that say for these Islanders? One would think they’d play some seriously desperate hockey tonight. That said, they’re still the Islanders and whether the players quit on Gordon (as True Hockey’s Andy Strickland reports in his latest installment of Rink Rats), or Gordon truly was the problem or owner Charles Wang and Garth Snow simply ignored the fact that, aside from a few talented youngsters, without injured key pieces Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit, chances for this team’s success were slim from day one, nothing seems to work for this franchise and there are no guarantees.

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Loss of Lecavalier Not Crippling but Lightning Now Face a Lofty Challenge

A tough stretch just got tougher for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Already missing forwards Steve Downie and Simon Gagne from their top-six forward ranks, the Bolts will now be without the services of Vincent Lecavalier, who suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand in Thursday’s 6-3 loss in Washington and will miss three to four weeks as a result.

Forwards Johan Harju and Marc-Antoine Pouliot are set to be summoned from AHL Norfolk today to help stabilize a now-hobbled Lightning offense.

For Lecavalier, who will miss at least ten games barring any expedited recovery, the setback marks another disappointing chapter in recent history. The Lightning captain followed up career bests of 108 and 92 points from 2006-2008 with 67 and 70-point campaigns the last two years and was off to an unremarkable start to this season with three goals and nine points in 13 games. All this, of course, after signing an 11-year, $85-million dollar contract extension in July of ’08 by former ownership…

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/19/10

Today’s salute to the performances of yesternight, honoring those who shined in leading their clubs to victory:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is showing marked improvement early this season and who was named first star in Tampa’s 5-4 win over the visiting Dallas Stars last night. Hedman managed a pair of assists and led all skaters in ice time, sparking an offensive rush on several occasions and, most importantly, playing adept defense in his own end. It is early, as we must continue to note for all who have had fast starts, but Hedman’s growth in year two will play a major factor in the Lightning’s fortunes. So far, with few hiccups, they must be pleased. (Note: They are. Coach Guy Boucher singled Hedman out with post-game praise after the Dallas game.)

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Rob Schremp With The Catch, Swing & Goal

In the same game, which the Islanders won, Dwayne Roloson robs Matt Duchene…

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Roloson With Two Saves on One Play Tonight

Dwayne Roloson in action agaisnt the Lightning.

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Oilers Talk

via Dan Tencer of 630 CHED,

With less than 48 hours to go before free agency, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is focusing his efforts on two of his own key free agents. The club has tendered what they believe to be a “very strong” 1 year offer to goaltender Dwayne Roloson. But, Tambellini isn’t sure if Roloson is going to take the offer. “It’s Dwayne’s choice,” he says. “He’s earned the right to free agency and if he thinks he can do better elsewhere, maybe (he’ll leave). We’ve got a day and a half to go.”

Tambellini says they also hope to come to terms soon with defenseman Denis Grebeshkov. “Denis is in our plans and we’ll get moving on that soon,” Tambellini says. He admitted that the delay in negotiation so far was due to the Oilers wanting to see what was available on the trade market.

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The Value Of Dwayne Roloson

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The NHL’s free-agent doors swing wide open in 28 days, but goalie Dwayne Roloson still hasn’t received a contract offer from the Edmonton Oilers.

Roloson’s age obviously is a factor—he turns 40 in October—so the Oilers may not be willing to pitch anything more than a one-year deal.

“We haven’t started talking at all,” Roloson said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “But they’ve had other issues to get resolved ... lots to do with hiring coaches and firing coaches.”

Oilers general manager GM Steve Tambellini, who attended meetings in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, said the two sides would begin serious negotiations on a new contract very soon. But how many years the Oilers want to offer and how much money is available is anybody’s guess.

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Morning Line

OK, I’ll say it. Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson is the whiniest player in the NHL. Every game, an issue. Yes, Jared Boll bumped him a few times and he could have been called for goaltender interference early in the game. But Roloson acts a little girl who had her pigtails yanked. Not very flattering, really.

-Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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Suspension For Roloson?

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

The NHL is as soft on crime as the most liberal, feeling-sorry-for-criminals judge in the Dominion, so don’t expect Dwayne Roloson to be suspended for his uppercut, goalie stick chop at Daniel Cleary’s private parts.

But Roloson deserves to be out a few games for that one. Imagine the upset and anger in Edmonton if an opposition goalie did that to Ales Hemsky.

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Roloson Knows He Is In A Backup Role

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So Roloson knows what he is these days. He’ll even admit it: “Insurance.”

He’s not complaining, or trying to make waves. He’s just a guy who has been around hockey long enough that he doesn’t need a gypsy to read the cards being dealt at Oilers camp this fall.

His mandate?

“Don’t let them put you in a spot to be the backup,” Roloson said on Wednesday. “Do whatever you can do to prove that you can play, that you want to play. That’s all I can do: take advantage of the playing time that they’re giving me, and do the best that I can.”

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On Flyers’ Coach John Stevens

From Elliotte Friedman at CBC,

“His brother owned the one gym in town,” Roloson said. “And we would meet him there to work out. John took it very seriously, and eventually we did, too.”

“I believe his nickname was Rambo, because of how hard he worked out,” Blake said.

Stevens is still in excellent shape and expects nothing less from his players. During the off-day between Games 3 and 4 of this series, the Flyers didn’t skate but did have a weight-training workout.

But his impact extended beyond the exercise room.

more from Dwayne Roloson and Rob Blake on how the Flyers’ coach impacted their own early careers

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Anyone Want Roloson

from the Edmonton Sun,

Dwayne Roloson hasn’t come right out and asked for a trade, but he’s already moved his family out of town and says if a choice has to be made between sitting in Edmonton and playing somewhere else, there’s no choice to be made.

At some point, and he’s been at that point for some time, the need to play outweighs a guy’s fondness for a city and an organization.

“Definitely,” said Roloson, who hasn’t played a game in 21 days, and isn’t scheduled to start tonight in Dallas. “It’s outweighs it big time.”

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Average Goaltending Won’t Get It Done In Edmonton

from the Edmonton Sun,

“It’s our job to do that, tonight I didn’t,” he said, adding he’s been fighting it a bit lately. “I’m trying to force myself to make a save, I have to relax and let the puck come to me. I’m not reading the play as well as I normally do.”

MacTavish has a team that has to rely on its goaltender, so expect him to go with the hot hand from here on in. And right now, it ain’t Roloson.

“We can’t win right now with average goaltending, I don’t think there’s many teams that can, and in my estimation tonight he was average,” said the coach.

“He’s not playing at the level that he has played. That’s obvious. But the one thing he’s got going for him is a bunch of mental toughness and a bunch of battle.”

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Officer Roloson

from the Edmonton Journal,

Roli the Goalie, a member of the Minnesota Wild from 2001 to 2006, joined the ranks of St. Paul’s finest when he was named “an honorary policeman.” “Extremely honoured to be part of the ceremony ... very nice that they did it,” said Roloson, who got a framed plaque and a badge.

Roloson was saluted along with five other people. Only about 10 people have been honoured by the police, he said, and he is the only athlete.

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