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Maple Leafs hand Dwayne Roloson another troubling loss

Nov 22, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

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For a little while there, it looked like Dwayne Roloson was straightening things out.

He reeled off a three-game winning streak a couple weeks ago, but aside from a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins last Thursday, things have been looking ugly again. The Toronto Maple Leafs handed another Southeast Division team a 7-1 loss, and much like the Washington Capitals, such an embarrassing defeat makes you wonder if there are some rumblings for change in Tampa Bay.

For many, that might start with Roloson. There would be some symmetry to that idea since Lightning GM Steve Yzerman brought Rollie the Goalie in during a similar moment last season; the Bolts needed a boost in net and Stevie Y didn’t hesitate.

This time around, it might be about bolstering that defense, though. Victor Hedman hasn’t progressed as well as they hoped, Mattias Ohlund is injured and the rest of the D corps is flawed at best. The problem is that there aren’t a ton of great defensemen floating around the trading block right now, so the change might have to come from within. (Or maybe Yzerman should bring in another new goalie.)

What would you do if you were in Yzerman’s shoes, though?

  1. danphipps01 - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    The especially troubling thing? Roloson gave up some awful goals. Yeah, the defense in front of him played like shit, but oh my dear God so did he. He was AWFUL. And he’s played like that several times already this season. I honestly think if Steve Mason weren’t hogging the spotlight for “godawful goaltending,” Rolie would be there. He’s better than Mason, in that he can actually STOP sucking for several games at a time, but then he rebounds into performances that you generally don’t see from goaltenders not named Raycroft. The Lightning’s back end is abysmal and the 1-3-1 strategy isn’t saving them. They’re, what, one point above .500 now? They’re not going to make any sort of a playoff run with their back end this fragile. Yzerman’s got a difficult problem to solve. There are some great backups up for UFA status this summer, but that still leaves the defense – not an easy fix, this one.

  2. rainyday56 - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:26 AM

    Roloson and a first round pick to Colorodo for Varly and SOB. (kidding)

  3. psujay - Nov 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Bobrovsky in Philly is just rotting on the bench…

  4. lsxphotog - Nov 23, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    It’s a damn shame. This off-season such delightfully talented goaltenders came up on the auction block as Vokoun, Bryzgalov, Desjardins, and Smith. Wait, those last two sound familiar? As great as Yzerman is, he has made an important mistake. He took a gamble on character over physical ability. With Roli’s contract up at the end of the season and Smith looking to make a starting deal, Yzerman selected a highly talented and experienced goaltender at the end of his career over a kid who just saved their playoff run after a promising end to his season and playoff birth. I saw that as a blunder. An injured Desjardins was dropped off in Colorado, and we resign an aged goalie who plays well in short spurts and a backup who never really dazzled. To be honest, the nature and business of the league is really the cause. That was the Lightning’s year and they missed it. Time for them to move some chess pieces and try to find a solution to save it’s season. Tampa game will drop their attention and move on, back to pretending they make more money than they do and not showing loyalty to any sports team. Although, had Yzerman known of Bryzgalov and Vokoun being up for grabs, he may have kept the cap on his pen for a few more weeks. The problem here was they signed goaltenders thinking they were going to be right back in the playoff mix again and they should have signed goaltenders who would keep us in the running for years to come. It’s a shame, but I’m sure Stevie won’t let this go on too long.

    In the meantime, they Lightning could play better in front of their questionable goaltending and limit the traffic crashing the net after every shot. They get caught flat-footed a lot these days.

  5. boltsfan777 - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    I was at the game last night, and it was brutal. The Bolts were looking very good until the double minor against Hedman, and after that, it seemed a switch turned off. Kubinas penalty seemed to be the dagger, which wasn’t apparent at the time. It was so bad, we left before the end of the 2nd period. We were discussing becoming Leafs fans (out of frustration), because they were playing the way we wanted the Bolts to play, and appeared to be the only team that seemed to care that I paid to come to the game.

    It’s probably not the right way to do things, but it makes me wonder if they should give a chance to some of the guys that didn’t make the final cut; e.g. Ashton, Conacher or some of the guys Boucher is always scratching; i.e. Blair Jones, Gervais. Maybe they aren’t ready and haven’t bought into the “system”, but jeez, the current roster doesn’t appear to be ready for prime-time, either.

  6. 8man - Nov 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    He’s 42. No one gets older and better.

  7. rainyday56 - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Stevie Y had too much success as a player with Osgood as his goalie to take goal-tending seriously as a GM.

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