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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

NHL's Biggest Steal's: Dwayne Roloson

Oilers acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a first round pick and a conditional 3rd round draft pick. At first you look at this trade and think it's even. You may think the Oilers over-paid for Roloson giving up a first rounder and a 3rd rounder. The Oilers front office knew the Wild were going to get nothing at the end of the year (due to Roloson being a UFA). Everyone knew Roloson would be the big goalie on the market in the summer. The Oilers rolled the dice giving up those picks for a UFA (end of the year). The Oilers go on a roll and lose in the Cup finals only because Roloson gets hurt. Then the Oilers end up giving Roloson a long term deal. Roloson is a All-Star goalie and one of the top 10 in the league. The NHL you win Cups with goaltending and the Oilers know that. A first rounder and a 3rd rounder who you never know if there going to pan out. The Oilers got a steal and signed Rolly long term. Great move by the Oil.


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