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KRISTEN VERNON AND CARY CASTAGNA -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:16 PM ET

News that star netminder Dwayne Roloson has signed a three-year deal with the Oilers had fans yesterday envisioning a Stanley Cup victory.

"I think he'll be solid for three years," said Francis Haggerty, 34. "I think it's a good sign ..."

"... for a Stanley Cup win," said Cary Emard, 32, interrupting his buddy.

The Oilers, who acquired Roloson from the Minnesota Wild at the trade deadline, re-signed the goaltender yesterday to a three-year, $11-million contract.

"Perfect. I think it's awesome. He's an asset for the team," said Reg McKinney, 36, who was at the Legislature yesterday taking in Canada Day celebrations.

Doug Levitt, who jumped on the Oilers bandwagon as Edmonton edged out the Detroit Red Wings in the first playoff round, was similarly encouraged.

"I honestly attribute 90% of our success to him working as hard as he did," the 24-year-old said.

Roloson, 35, was playing a post-season worthy of Conn Smythe Trophy consideration when he went out with a knee injury in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against the Carolina Hurricanes.

But Jeremy Van den Eynden, a superfan who sports a "Got Oil?" tattoo on his forearm in a tribute to his favourite hockey team, says the signings of Roloson and winger Fernando Pisani don't make up for a parade of expected losses that includes Chris Pronger, Michael Peca and Sergei Samsonov.

"I think we're losing too many good players. I wanted to see the team stay the way it was," Van den Eynden said.

"I thought they had a team going. They just had to work some kinks out."

Despite his disappointment, Van den Eynden plans to stay loyal to the copper and blue.

"I'll still be here cheering the Oilers on next year, no matter who's playing," he said.

Lyndon Golanowski, the administrator behind the popular website bluemile.ca, said Roloson's signing means the Oil are headed for a Stanley Cup next year.

"I love Roloson. He got us to the playoffs," Golanowski said, adding that the Oilers would never have had the thrilling playoff run they did without Roloson.

Pisani's signing is also a huge boost, he said.

"Obviously, it's very good for the city," he added. "Pisani is our Number 1 guy right now. He's our hometown hero."


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