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03-22-2013, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by shoop View Post
Roli was far from a proven starter at the time the Oilers traded for him. He had been platooning with Fernandez for the previous two seasons and into the 2005-06 season. Fernandez was outplaying him at the time, which is why Roli was available.

At the time a lot of people thought a first and a third was a big overpayment. He played ok during the rest of that first regular season with the Oilers. Then he turned in a phenomenal run in the playoffs (damn you MAB).

The trade for Roloson was a gamble that worked out well. Hopefully, another such gamble gives the Oil the same result.
IIRC Roloson did start for Minnesota in their playoff run to the WCF in 2003 and played brilliantly during that run too. If Roloson proved anything during his career it's that he was underrated for far too long and he showed up in big games. I think Minnesota scored 1 goal against JS Giguere in that series. The Wild had no hope shooting against a guy who was other worldly at the time.

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