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Roli not biting with his tongue

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

If he's frustrated he isn't showing it. If he's mad he isn't saying it.

In fact, Dwayne Roloson isn't showing or saying much since being demoted to backup for Edmonton's crucial 10-game stretch before the All-Star break.

"All you can do is go out and practise and be ready to play when you get the opportunity," said Roloson, surrounded by reporters after yesterday's morning skate. "It's really out of my control anyway."

CARD NOT REVEALED

Asked if he's been given a fair chance to prove he can still be the guy, Roloson wouldn't reveal his cards.

"Whether I think that way or don't think that way, it doesn't really matter. It's doing whatever it takes to be ready when you get the opportunity."

This can't be fun for the 38-year-old, but he's trying to be a good soldier about it.

"It's part of being a professional," he said.

"You have to do whatever it takes to help the team win. If it means me sitting on the bench, it means me sitting on the bench.

"If it means me playing, it means me playing.

"You have to control your emotions.

"You can't do anything that's going to disrupt the situation here. I'll just be ready for when he tells me I'm ready to play."

MVP OF CUP RUN

MacTavish admits it wasn't an easy decision, sitting the MVP of their Stanley Cup final run of a couple of years ago, but says Roloson is handling the situation with a lot of character.

"Like a pro," he said. "The thing about him is he has a considerable amount of mental toughness.

" He's been in this situation before in Minnesota, so he has that experience to draw on.

"And it's not as if we're going to alienate him completely from the net.

"The nice thing about this whole situation is I know when Roli goes back in, he's going to be really solid."

What does he have to do to get back in?

"Stop more pucks," said Roloson.


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