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Dwayne Roloson is really looking like he’s 42

Oct 18, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

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Dwayne Roloson may be 42 years-old this season, but he came into it with high hopes of leading the Lightning even deeper into the playoffs than last year. So far, things aren’t exactly working out that way for the veteran goalie. Through four games Roloson has allowed 18 goals and the Lightning have been giving out wins to opponents like Halloween candy.

Roloson’s numbers so far this year are staggeringly poor and after the Panthers dumped seven goals on Tampa Bay last night, it’s looking like coach Guy Boucher is going to have a major question to answer in goal if Roloson continues to look a step behind in his play.

Tampa Bay has Mathieu Garon as Roloson’s backup, but with Roloson playing as poorly as he is and Garon not exactly viewed as being a #1 goalie, you wonder if GM Steve Yzerman could be taking a look towards Marty Turco if things with Roloson continue to decline.

It could be a case of early season creaks and groans for Roloson and after a shorter summer than usual thanks to the Lightning making the conference finals he might need to take it easy early in the year. Then again, this could be the end of the road for Roloson and the Lightning will have a major issue to take care of if they’re going to get back into the playoffs and make a run at the Stanley Cup.

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  1. cshearing - Oct 18, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Rollie has always been one of my favorites. Hopefully this is a bump in the road and not a collapsed bridge.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Yea the problem is that they don’t have anyone to turn. And do you think Marty is really a better alternative to Garon? I’m not sure. The Lightening should look at getting Bobrovsky. I love the Bob but if TB gives PHI a nice offer…something to mull over.

  3. charlutes - Oct 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    turco? so they should get rid of an old guy on a cold stretch who had a great year last year and sign an old guy who isn’t good enough to make any other NHL team who had a terrible year last year…ummm why, and can u pass me some of whatever ur smoking?

  4. jpelle82 - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    duh. he’s 42. you honestly couldnt expect him to re-create the fluke that was last year’s run. downhill was the only way he could have gone after that run

  5. muttbolts - Oct 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Lets pay this guy 3mil this year,hes at the ripe old age of 42.his glory days are a decade(or two) in the past.

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