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07-28-2011, 09:25 PM
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With pick #232, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Dwayne Roloson, goalie.



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Originally Posted by wikipedia
Roloson earned a roster spot with the Minnesota Wild in 2001. In the 200203 NHL season, Roloson shared netminding duties with *** ******** as the Wild made their first ever appearance in the post-season, defeating the Colorado Avalanche in the first round and the Vancouver Canucks in the second round. Despite splitting goaltending duties with *******, Roloson earned his first All-Star appearance at age 34, appearing in the 2004 NHL All-Star Game with the Western Conference team. He also won the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award for having the NHL's best save percentage.

On March 8, 2006, Roloson was traded to the Edmonton Oilers... Initially, Oilers General Manager **** ****** was harshly criticized for the acquisition when Roloson struggled during the regular season. Lowe was criticized both for not acquiring a better goaltender, and also for surrendering a first-round draft pick to a divisional rival.

Criticism was muted following sensational play by Roloson, backstopping the Oilers to the final of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had a record of 125 through the first three rounds, and along with Chris Pronger, was considered a front-runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Oilers were victorious in the finals.

However, during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes, Roloson suffered a third-degree MCL sprain of his right knee. The Oilers eventually lost to the Hurricanes in seven games.

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Originally Posted by forecaster
ASSETS: Is capable of playing spectacularly well for stretches and has leadership qualities as the last line of defense.
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Originally Posted by wtsp.com May 11, 2011
Dwayne Roloson is ranked number-1 in the NHL Playoffs, for goals against average, and save percentage. He's the hottest goaltender in the playoffs. But he was mainly concerned with the news that had the Lightning opening the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston, on Saturday.

"Obviously, it was a little mind-boggling trying to figure when we're leaving, what we're doing," Roloson told 10 News after the Tuesday practice. "But at the same time, it's playoff hockey and you never know what's going to happen."

And if anyone knows, that you never know in the playoffs, it's 41-year-old Dwayne Roloson. He's played in 44 playoff games, in his 14 years in the NHL. And he's learned to play the game, more by feel than anything else.
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Originally Posted by tampabay.com
Lightning right wing Marty St. Louis shook goalie Dwayne Roloson's hand in a somber locker room Friday night, then shook his head.

Roloson had given Tampa Bay a chance with a spectacular performance in a 1-0 loss to the Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. His teammates wish they could have given the 41-year-old veteran more to work with.

Roloson was on top of his game, making 37 saves as the Bruins peppered him with several great scoring chances.

In the end, Roloson's streak of seven wins in elimination games was snapped, one shy of a league record. But it wasn't his fault. In a series in which Roloson struggled at times, getting pulled from Games 2 and 4 and giving up four goals on 20 shots in Game 6, he bounced back
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He's money in the post-season, especially when facing elimination. If not for the injury in the '06 postseason, he'd be a Stanley Cup champion with a Conn Smythe trophy in his cabinet. He's the Hornets' starter.

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