Take Evgeni Nabokov off of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s shopping list.
As reported by TSN.ca, Bolts’ GM Steve Yzerman tonight has acquired 41-year-old goalkeeper Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders for 22-year-old defenseman Ty Wishart.
Dan Ellis and Mike Smith have given inconsistent performances for much of the season, an that’s why Yzerman was thought to be looking to upgrade his crease position.
That’s where the rumors of possibly going after Nabokov came into play.
The 35-year-old free agent, who was recently released by his St. Petersburg club in the KHL in Russia, is definitely the top goalie available. And with $11 million left in cap space, Yzerman could have “Nab-bed” the Russian goalkeeper.
With Smith injured and Ellis playing all of the games, Tampa had recalled Cedrick Desjardins from the Norfolk Admirals.
Desjardins has been impressive in two starts, as he proceeded to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, on Thursday, then topped the New York Rangers in overtime tonight, 2-1.
In Wishart, Isles’ GM Garth Snow picked up a good, young defenseman. In 31 games with Norfolk of the AHL, Wishart scored four goals and 18 points. Wishart has excellent size and possesses the mobility to be a good NHL defender. While not overly-physical, Wishart is a decent positional defenseman.
As Desjardins has played well in the last two contests, it will be interesting to see how the Lightning crease position plays out when Smith returns from his knee injury.
It’s unlikely the Bolts will carry three netminders for an extended period of time, let alone four, even for a brief stretch.
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