One day after acquiring the veteran goaltender, the Oilers begin
a four-game road trip Thursday with a matchup against the San
The 36-year-old Roloson was acquired from the Minnesota Wild on
Wednesday for a 2006 first-round pick and future considerations.
An All-Star in 2004, Roloson was just 6-17-1 in 24 games with
the Wild this season, posting one shutout a .910 save percentage
and a 3.00 goal-against average.
The Oilers, who currently hold the eighth spot in the Western
Conference, hope that Roloson can help turn around their
fortunes. They lost for the fifth time in seven games Tuesday,
a 4-3 shootout defeat vs. Dallas despite rallying from a
two-goal deficit in the third period.
After Ty Conklin made 23 saves in regulation and overtime,
Edmonton turned to Mike Morrison in the shootout. The Oilers
also have given Jussi Markkanen extensive opportunities to earn
the starting job.
San Jose has dropped its last three games - all on the road -
following Tuesday's bizarre 5-4 loss to Anaheim in which captain
Patrick Marleau accidentally put the puck into his own net just
under a minute into overtime.