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Report: Roloson turned down Leafs goalie coach gig, still wants to play

Sep 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Sounds like the NHL’s oldest player from last season wants another kick at the can.

According to a source of TSN’s Darren Dreger, 42-year-old Dwayne Roloson turned down an offer as a goaltender consultant/coach with Toronto and will continue focusing on his playing career.

Roloson, who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is currently an unrestricted free agent. He’ll turn 43 on Oct. 12.

Here’s more, from Dreger:

Two weeks ago, St. Croix took over the Leafs’ goalie coach duties from Francois Allaire, who left in a cloud of controversy after it was revealed he’d been given an ultimatum by head coach Randy Carlyle:

The [ultimatum] list included: working a maximum 17 days a month, including six with the Marlies, rather than being around the team every day; apologizing to the coaches on staff he had offended; and a commitment to teaching a more aggressive goaltending style.

It’s believed Allaire bickered with Toronto’s coaching staff throughout most of last season, especially during the team’s disastrous 7-18-4 finish (during which goaltending proved to be a major issue.)

So…maybe Roloson’s reason for rejecting the gig wasn’t all about his desire to keep playing.

  1. trick9 - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Who would still take him? Almost every backup and starter jobs have already been taken and nobody is going to want so highly unreliable goalie between the sticks. Yes he had a good year before this one, but when you have 4.00 GAA per game year at the age of 42, you really shouldn’t get NHL job anymore.

  2. charleslouis99 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I like the sort of twilight zone reference lol
    “Wants another kick at the can.”

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