One night after his brilliant 38-save performance to knock off the Western Conference-leading Red WIngs, veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson has been traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for defensive prospect Ty Wishart.
In 20 games for the Islanders this season, Roloson posted a 6-13-1 record with a .916 save percentage and 2.64 GAA. The 41-year-old veteran has been one of the most consistent players as well as one of the most vocal leaders for the Islanders throughout what has been a very difficult season thus far.
Sitting in 14th place and 16 points out of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders have traded two key players in the past week. Before moving Roloson to Tampa Bay, the Islanders also shipped defenseman James Wisniewski to Montreal Tuesday in exchange for a compensatory 2nd round pick in 2011 and a fifth round pick in 2012.
The 22-year-old Wishart (6-4, 222 pounds) is a former first round pick of San Jose, selected 16th overall in the 2006 draft. This is his third team in as many professional seasons. Wishart, who has 18 points in 31 games for the AHL's Norfolk Admirals this season, will report to the Islanders minor-league affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Bridgeport goaltender and Calgary native Nathan Lawson will be called up tomorrow morning.
*Sorry for the late jump on this one...was mid-flight en route to Calgary when deal went down