Roloson's Poor Play May Lead GM Yzerman to Consider His Goaltending Options

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Roloson's Poor Play May Lead GM Yzerman to Consider His Goaltending Options
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Dwayne Roloson's poor play to kick off the 2011-2012 NHL season may indicate that age is finally catching up to the 42-year-old netminder. The impending UFA is currently being weighed down by his .881 SVP and 3.76 GAA—both career worsts. This is perhaps the biggest reason why the Tampa Bay Lightning have sunk to a disappointing 17-19-3 this season. Regardless of the Lightning's struggles on the blue line this season, Roloson looks a long way away from the goalie that backstopped the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006.

Mathieu Garon, the backup goaltender for the Lightning out of training camp, seems to have taken over the No. 1 job in the meantime. Garon has a respectable .904 SVP and 2.84 GAA. However, Garon is far from a legitimate starting goalie and it is unlikely that he would be capable of righting the ship in Tampa en route to a position in the playoffs.

If Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is interested in making the playoffs, and there is absolutely no reason why he wouldn't be, he will need to address his team's weakness between now and the trade deadline. The Lightning currently sit in 12th place in the Eastern Conference—eight points behind the eighth place Maple Leafs. Due to this, Yzerman would have to hurry to make any move he deemed necessary to build a contender this season. Here are some viable options Yzerman could look to in order to address the under-performance occurring in the Lightning crease.

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