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Dwayne Roloson Signs With New York Islanders

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 27:  Goaltender Dwayne Roloson #35 of the Edmonton Oilers gets in position to defend his net during the NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on March 27, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Oilers defeated the Ducks 5-3.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Eddie O'MalleyContributor IJuly 1, 2009

Per TSN, the New York Islanders have agreed to terms with goalie Dwayne Roloson on a two-year, $5 million deal.

The goalie market was starting to thin out, as Ty Conklin had come to terms with St. Louis, and Craig Anderson signed with the Avs earlier this afternoon.

The Isles jumped at the chance to sign Roloson, who wanted a two year deal, and the Oilers were only willing to offer a one year deal.

Roloson had a solid season last year for the Oilers, going 28-24-9 with a 2.77 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

So the Isles get their 1-A type goalie.  Roloson is a more than capable backup who can fill in as a starter for Rick DiPietro if he gets hurt again next season.  Roloson should get plenty of playing time regardless, as DP will most likely play in the 60 game range if healthy.

Roloson will also serve as a good bridge to rookie Mikko Koskinen, who was drafted in the second round this year, and figures to play a year or two in the AHL before being ready for the NHL.

Roloson also brings plenty of experience, playing in the NHL for 11 years, and helping lead the Oilers to the Finals in the '05-'06 season.

More to come later if the Isles make any other moves.

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