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NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Dwayne Roloson  of the New York Islanders makes a glove save against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 23, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders sent 41 year old Goaltender Dwayne Roloson to the Tampa bay Lightning Saturday evening in exchange for defensemen Ty Wishart.

In an official statement Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said, “In this trade we give up a promising, former first-round pick.·We wish him luck in the Islanders organization.” He went on to say, “In Roloson we have acquired a proven, veteran goaltender who will provide stability in net.”

Roloson has been a majorpart of the Islanders recent hot streak as well as a key veteran who has kept the team in many games. Roloson is 6-13-1 with a 2.64 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Roloson has been the victim of poor offensive support for most of the season.

Wishart, who has spent the better part of his career in the AHL, has 4 goals, 13 assists and 18 points in 31 games for the Norfolk Admirals. Wishart is also a former first round pick (16th overall) by the San Jose Sharks and has only appeared five NHL games with the Lightning.

Wishart will report to the Islanders minor league affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and reports would indicate that Nathan Lawson will be called up to back up Rick Dipietro. Dipietro has battled injury since the 07-08 season, but the trade of Roloson would indicate the team has full confidence that he can remain healthy for the rest of the season.

As for Lawson, he made his NHL debut at the age of 27 years old against the Phoenix Coyotes. Lawson made 32 saves with a goals against average of 2.77 and save percentage 9.14 in the 4-3 shootout loss.

Trade Analysis

Looking at this trade it seems as though Garth did not get a good return value in this one. Unlike the Wisniewski trade, where you could argue the case that it was a decent trade, this one seems as though a rookie GM pulled a fast one on Snow. Rolie has been the BEST player on the Islanders roster for two years straight. Last year he kept the Isles playoff hopes alive by stepping up an stealing wins for the Islanders all year. This year he has not been given the goal support and at times defensive support he so desperately needed, which has caused his stats to look less than attractive.

Wishart may be an decent defensive prospect, he was anywhere near what the Islanders should have gotten in return for such a valuable asset. While I’m not saying the Islanders should have gotten an Alexander Semin in return for him there were plenty of teams out there who could have used a goaltender like Roloson to help get them to the playoffs. They might have been able to give the Islanders a much better return than decent prospect. In my opinion this was a poor trade by a GM that has made some good moves in the past.