Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Islanders Sign...Dwayne Roloson?

Ok, someone explain this one to me. I'm in total disbelief over this signing. A total of $5 million over 2 years. IMHO, 1 year two many and about a $1 million per year too much. At least he's been to a Stanley Cup Final right?

Makes you wonder how Craig Anderson got $1.8 million per year and Ty Conklin got $1.3 million.

Overpaid much?

I'll be back as soon as I hear anything else.


Ok, so I'll admit it. The more I read about this signing the more Rolie is growing on me. I think the initial shock has worn off. This should be a decent value signing over the next two seasons just in case DiPietro still can't figure out how to stay off his knee for more than a few hours.

Knowing the Oilers offered him 1 year at $3 million helps a lot, too.

Here's the Official Press Release, fresh from the mint:


Net-Minder Brings Veteran Leadership To Young Team


UNIONDALE, NY, July 1, 2009 – The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

Roloson appeared in 63 games for the Edmonton Oilers last season, finishing with a 28-24-9 record and a 2.77 goals-against average. He back-stopped the Oilers to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes, posting a 12-5 record during the team’s run.

Roloson, a 39-year-old goaltender, was selected to represent the Minnesota Wild at the 2004 NHL All-Star Game and at the end of the season had the NHL’s best save percentage of.933.

“We are thrilled to add Dwayne to our lineup,” said Garth Snow, New York Islanders General Manager. “He is a proven winner having led the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006 and we look forward to him bringing his veteran leadership to the Islanders.”

The Simcoe, ON native, was an unsigned free agent and has appeared in 462 career NHL games, playing for the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and Oilers. He has 167 career wins and 23 shutouts.

Playing for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell from 1990-1994, Roloson finished his college career with a record of 51-44-9 and registered consecutive 20-win seasons during both his junior and senior year. In his final season with the River Hawks, Roloson was named the Hockey East Player of the Year and was selected to NCAA East First-All-American Team and the Hockey East First All-Star Team. He finished the year with a 2.76 GAA.


Frank said...

The Isles need to get to the floor. Rolo stood on his head last season, can play 60 games a season if need be. Plus at his age there is no threat that he is a long term solution at goal.

And I think the Oilers offered one year at 3 mil, so the price seems about right.

Good move IMO.

Doug said...

It's growing on me. Slowly...