Roloson will be taking over for Pete Peeters, who announced his retirement from coaching last Wednesday. Peeters spent four years as the Goaltending Consultant for the Ducks, and a total of 30 years in the NHL both as a coach and a player.
Roloson has 14 years of NHL goaltending experience under his belt. In that time, he has played for 6 different NHL franchises; the Calgary Flames (1996-98), Buffalo Sabres (1998-00), Minnesota Wild (2001-06), Edmonton Oilers (2005-09), New York Islanders (2009-11) and finally, the Tampa Bay Lightning (2010-12).
Most people in the Bolt Nation will remember the Simcoe, Ontario native for his performance during the 2010-11 Lightning season when Roloson helped guide the team within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals.
In the 34 games Roloson played during the regular season that year, he went 18-12 with a Goals Allowed Average of .912 and a Save Percentage of 2.56. During the post season, he went 10-6-1 with a GAA of 2.51 and a Save Percentage of .924.
That is not a bad showing for someone who, at the time, was 41 years of age.
In the 2011-12 season, Roloson’s numbers would start to slip as he shared the ice with Lightning goaltender Mathieu Garon. In the 40 games he started in that season, he went 13-16-0 with a GAA of 3.66 and a Save % of .866. Some would say that Roloson had passed his prime. While there may be some truth to that, I believe that he was concentrating his efforts elsewhere. Like mentoring Garon to take over for him once he retired.
We here at Bolts By The Bay would like to wish Dwayne Roloson all the best as he takes on his new duties within the Anaheim Ducks organization. I can assure you that they will benefit greatly from his years of experience in the NHL. We here in the Bolts Nation will always remember you for your contributions to our 2010-11 season. When everyone said we couldn’t do it, you helped us prove otherwise.