Tandem not too troubled

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Kevin Lowe shot down recent internet reports yesterday that the Oilers have decided to trade Mathieu Garon and hitch their season to Dwayne Roloson instead.

"We're not shopping any of our goaltenders," Lowe said in the lobby of a Pittsburgh hotel. "We're trying to get our goaltending situation settled. And then, who knows what will happen."

By getting the goaltending situation settled, Lowe means one of his goalies stepping up, getting hot and staying hot for an extended period. So far that hasn't happened.

Garon was good at the start, then cooled off. Roloson came in, played great and cooled off.

So right now the situation remains up in the air until somebody proves he's worth investing Edmonton's year in.

Then New Jersey Devils, in the market for a temporary goalie while Martin Brodeur recovers from elbow surgery, did not send a scout to Pittsburgh last night to watch the Oilers. But the Atlanta Thrashers, who have the second-worst goals-against average in the NHL, had a guy trailing Edmonton for the last three games.

The two goalies, meanwhile, are trying not to pay the trade rumours any attention.

"It's something we all have to deal with," said Garon. "I don't really think about it. Every time there's an injury or trade deadline coming, there's always rumours. Most of the time it never really happens. I have no control over it and I don't worry about it."

Same with Roloson.

"The more years you play, the more you learn (to deal with) those things. I was lucky when I was younger to have some good veteran guys on my team in Calgary who were going through similar things at the time. Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts were going through an onslaught of 'You're getting traded.' Watching how they dealt with the situation really helped me to this day."


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