Tampa Bay Lightning fans should look forward to continue cheering ‘Rolie the Goalie’ during next season as goaltender Dwayne Roloson and the Lightning management have come very close to re-signing a one-year deal.
Roloson was a major contributor to the club’s success in the playoffs – helping the team reach the Eastern Conference finals. Once picked up by Tampa, Roloson went on to have an 18-12-4 record during the tail-end of the regular season. Four of those wins were shutouts. During the playoffs, Roloson went 10-6.
The team isn’t making any comments about the deal until it is finalized but the deal is said to be worth $3-million and the signing of the deal seems to simply be a formality at this point. The one-year aspect is to be expected given Roloson’s age.
Re-signing Roloson gives the Bolts a chance to breathe now this off-season as both Roloson and back-up goaltender Mike Smith had their contracts due to expire. With Roloson back on board – and definitely expected to play as the starter – Tampa can sit back for a moment, even if that means they lose Smith.
Smith is a great goaltender, but with Roloson sure to be the starter, and playing roughly 60 games next season (provided he stays healthy), Tampa can assess their other options for back-up goaltending in greater detail, including looking at how this year’s 6th round draft pick Adam Wilcox fairs in off-season training.
GM Steve Yzerman had said we was consistently optimistic about re-signing Roloson and according to the St. Petersburg Times, Yzerman has said the same about Teddy Purcell. Perhaps another deal is close to being reached…
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