In what is turning out to be a very good week for Islanders and GM Garth Snow, the team traded 41 year old goaltender Dwayne Roloson to the Tampa Bay Lightning for 22 year old defenseman Ty Wishart. Wishart, a former 1st round pick was acquired by the Lightning from the San Jose Sharks for Dan Boyle.
Wishart, who is 6’4″ 220 lbs, has been playing for the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. He is 4-14-18 in 31 games and is a +13. He is considered by the scouting reports I have read to have top defense paring ability. He has continually worked on his own zone coverage and by his +13 this season, it seems he’s getting it. Wishart will report to Bridgeport of the AHL as per the Islanders press release.
Snow, who seems hell bent on moving his veterans well before the deadline, has moved away from the playoffs or bust movement that was the talk of the team in training camp. After the horrific 21 of 22 streak, it left the team in a hole that would be hard for any team to crawl out of. Why not get the most for his players that he can? With Wisniewski being a -18, a mid 2nd round pick and a conditional 5th rounder was a nice haul for a modest defenseman who’s on his 4th team in 6 seasons. A B+ prospect for a 41 year old goalie (though playing extremely well), is a very good haul. If you look at the rest of the NHL, find me a team who needs a number 1 goaltender, now find me a team who would be willing to trade it’s top prospect or 1st round draft pick for a rental player, let alone a player who is nearing the end of his career. (say what you want about Roloson, and I think he’s an outstanding goaltender, but how many more years can he play at this level?)
The real question now is who is next?
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