Roloson on the move?
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who keeps preaching patience, is willing to keep his two average goalies Mike Smith and Dan Ellis — at least for now.
But don’t be surprised if he looks at New York Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson at the trade deadline.
Roli’s $2.5-million US contract runs out July 1, so he would be a cheap pickup.
Florida Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun would be a better choice, but he’s twice as expensive and the Panthers and Lightning play in the same division. Yzerman could always sign Vokoun in the summer.
The Lightning have been through 14 goalies since Nikolai Khabibulin departed after their Stanley Cup victory in 2004. They got Smith as the centrepiece in the Brad Richards trade to the Dallas Stars.
"Every team is in a different situation. They have their own goals and their own idea how they’re going to get there. Guy and his staff want to get to know their players, not just the ones that are on the team already but they want to work with our young players too. There’s a lot of work to be done. Having said that, we want to be a good team this year too and want to do everything we can to pick the best players to make this team the best we can put on the ice."
"I'm very, very excited about what is happening with this organization from new ownership, to a guy like Steve Yzerman, who knows where he is going. He's got a plan, he's an honest person and comes from an organization of winners over the past 20 years and he will bring that mentality.
"And for him to bring on somebody like Guy Boucher, somebody who I've heard great things about over the past couple of years, I think it's just going to be a great chemistry with those guys and with the players.