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Bolts Fans' Favourite Nickname Should Live To See Another Season

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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