Another of the off season signings by Garth Snow that proved to be valuable well beyond expectations. Just how many games Roloson single-handedly won for the Isles over his 49 starts is hard to figure. No one really could have expected the efforts we got and the value of #30. I can recall one game earlier in the season against the Maple Leafs up north in which Dwayne faced 60 shots and was the Only reason why the Islanders ended up winning the game.
What more could you have asked for from a veteran goaltender on a rebuilding team? A 3.00 GAA, and a 23-18-7 record. I couldn’t even begin to estimate how many times in a game Roloson shut the door with an amazing save to hold a lead or keep the Isles in a game. You simply couldn’t have asked for more from the 40 year old net minder. Like Matt Moulson, Dwayne Roloson was truly one of the big and pleasant surprises for the New York Islanders this season.
So, I’d have to give him an A minus. No, he wasn’t perfect, but he surely gave the Islanders quality goaltending throughout the season. Undoubtedly, he will be a part of the goaltending picture next season, as there are still unanswered questions about Ricky’s future.