The New York Islanders have became a little younger as Islanders GM Garth Snow sent veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson to Tampa Bay for 22 year old D-man Ty Wishart.
This deal provides the Lightning with some goaltending stability which the club very much needs. So far Tampa Bay has gone with Mike Smith and Dan Ellis, both of whom have not been able to claim the number one job. Bringing in Roloson will not only provide some leadership and maybe help get both Ellis and Smith back on their game. The question in Tampa now is what happens with Ellis and Smith, as the club will have three goalies on the main roster once Smith returns from injury later this week, will the club keep all three on the roster, will someone be waived, or does GM Steve Yzerman have something else in the works?
Ty Wishart is a young defensive prospect who shows the signs of becoming a NHL minute muncher. Wishart has a big frame standing at 6-4 and 215 lbs and has played all season in Norfolk, before being traded, and has recorded 4 goals and 14 assists in 31 games this season. Wishart might be able to make an impact with the big club this season due to the long injury list on the blue line which includes Mark Streit, Mike Mottau, Radek Martinek and Jack Hillen.
This deal provides both teams with much needed pieces. Short term Tampa will look like the winner of this deal, by stabilizing their goal, however the long term the Islanders could be the winners of this deal, if Wishart develops into the shutdown defensemen Garth Snow believes he will be.