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Add another goalie to the mix...

The Islanders have signed goaltender Martin Biron to a one-year contract, the team announced in a statement today.

Biron was 29-19-5 with a 2.76 goals against average in 55 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last year.

"Adding Marty gives us three bona-fide number-one goalies," General Manager Garth Snow said in a press release. "We learned about the importance of stability in our line-up from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter."

Read between the lines there. Signing another legitimate No. 1 guy like Biron in addition to Dwayne Roloson means the Islanders cannot be fully convinced or encouraged about Rick DiPietro's health and/or progress.

--Katie Strang

Comments (35)

Let the bashing begin. I'm sure the haters will find something to bash about this one. Will it be:
a) DP bashing?
b) Snow bashing?
c) Roloson bashing?
d) Biron bashing?
e) all of the above

Or Katie, maybe they got themselves two number one goalies for what? A mere 4 million dollars? This gives DiPietro enough time to heal, 100 %, and when ready to play, the Islanders have a good, affordable trade commodity in Biron by the trade deadline. Great move on Snow's part.

The Islanders have 2 solid goalies, gives DP plenty of time to be ready. I still think DP is fairly healthy right now.

The Islanders have 2 solid goalies, gives DP plenty of time to be ready. I still think DP is fairly healthy right now.

The Islanders are laying the groundwork to buy out DiPietro's remaining 12 years on his contract. This was kept under wraps (if my conspiracy theory is correct) in order to keep Biron's value down. And this move makes complete sense financially, even with the long contract. You see, the buyout would produce a savings of one-third of his annual salary ($1.5M) plus a deferral of another one-third ($1.5M) which will be stretched out over 24 years (twice the length of the contract). It might be even better if these terms get changed when the current collective bargaining agreement ends in 2011. This is why the 15-year contract was a smart move, because it was cap-smart under the new CBA. Now, the Islanders can use all the upfront savings from buying out DP and use it for Biron's $1.4 million one-year contract (source: TSN.ca) while still using the buyout amount ($1.5M) against the mandated salary floor. There's another benefit, because it prevents the Islanders from being forced to waste more money.

DP is done. Let's face it folks. YOu dont draft/acquire 3 minor league goalies and then get 2 bona fide #1's if DP is EVER coming back. The front office wants to keep the Tavares outlook nice and rosey, and the news of DP's career being over would tarnish that.

Read it - DP is done.

we can only hope

Great move Garth!

Anybody else thinking playoffs? I know...Im pushing it...

No DP is not done and they won't buy him out either. The Isles know if DP cannot continue his career and is forced into retirement the contract will be void. Therefore a buyout makes no sense in that it would guarantee DP the money over the full duration.
This move is a great move by Snow. What it does is ensure that DP will be able to take as much time as he likes (at least up to the trade deadline). Meanwhile Biron and Roloson will split games, thus upping Birons value. So for $1.4 million the Isles guarantee themselves a chip to trade for more picks while providing their franchise goaltender more time to prove he will recover. The bottom line was the price is right for the Isles.

In all fairness, DP deserves a shot at a comeback and at No. 1 when he's healthy. IMO, he will be done if he misses most of this next season. This moves ensure the team of a solid NHL level starter. Good move by Garth. I have been waiting to see where Biron would end up.

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Read between the lines there. Signing another legitimate No. 1 guy like Biron in addition to Dwayne Roloson means the Islanders cannot be fully convinced or encouraged about Rick DiPietro's health and/or progress.
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Damn straight, Katie. And thank GOD they are doing something about it instead of leaving this team hanging liks they did last year.

However Posted by Eric Dixon NYC, your idea about buying out DiPietro's remaining 12 years on his contract is unbelievably and unfathomably RIDICULOUS. If Rick can play, this year, next year, whatever, he will play here. And if he CANNOT, he will retire and that will be the end of that. There is absolutely NO reason on EARTH for the team to buy him out. THINK.

nyislanders_2000 wrote:

"No DP is not done and they won't buy him out either. The Isles know if DP cannot continue his career and is forced into retirement the contract will be void. Therefore a buyout makes no sense in that it would guarantee DP the money over the full duration."

You are incorrect. DP's contract will never be void. He could retire tomorrow due to injury and still get paid the entire contract in full. It is guaranteed. The only way it is not is if he decides he just doesn't want to play anymore and leaves unrelated to injury. Then he forfeit's the rest of the contract.

if DP retires due to injury the isles still pay him but they'll get help from insurance...oh and the money comes off the cap. it's a win-win.

I think Snow has some explaining to do. DP must not be ready or Biron would not have signed. No way he would have signed with us if there was a chance he could be playing for the soundtigers. Good move if they think DP will be ready come trade deadline time. Could get a good return for Biron or Rollie.

It is correct that insurance will pay for DP's contract should he retire due to injury. As well as the fact that it won't count against the cap. He'll still get paid but the Islanders will be off the hook.

DP debate is useless, as injuries are random. Building depth is wise. Solid move.
This blog would flourish without the repetitive banter of steady and metalchick. Too bad.

this gets weirder and weirder.
depth is good at all positions of course, but the g.m. must be shooting for something big.

he's amassing a stable of nhl goalkeepers.
chips.
clever approach.

Yo Metal Chick, while I generally like your spunk and know you to be knowledgeable, I feel as your peer the need to remind you that Eric voiced his "opinion", just as we all do. Sometimes or opinions can be a little off and many times we can even change our minds, on our own, with more thought. There is no need to call anyone's opionion "ridiculous" or to tell him to "think", because all that does is create a negative and unfriendly atmosphere. Remember we are all Islanders fans here (well most), and as such we have a certain duty to try to be courteous to our fellow fans as much as possible. This is something we all need to be reminded of once in a while, myself included.

Personally I'm glad Snow is covering the position. This team has had some hard lessons (injuries) the past 2 years. Looks like we're stocked now and even have a possible asset for trade. We'll have to see what happens with Rick, but at least the pressure's not there to rush things.

Im sorry D^8, but it really IS ridiculous to think that the Islanders would buy out Rick DiPietro! Why in the world would they do THAT? There is not one single reason that it would benefit the club- not even ONE!

Sounds as if Garth is riding the same fence that is being discussed within this thread. He has the option, as explained by Eric Dixon NYC, of buying out the contract, and in the long run still save money on Biron's contract, but he still has the other option of having two solid goalies for the season, until the trade deadline.

The decision will be made at the trade deadline in my opinion. For the time being, Garth will promote the "We want Ricky to continue to work back to health, knowing that the team is stocked with competitive back ups." As we get closer to the trade deadline, if Ricky D is still a good ways away from being ready, he'll part ways.

Normally as fans, we can't stand when our favorite teams ride the fence pertaining to certain players, however in this instance, I think its the perfect play for the Islanders. It keeps everyone happy.

Confusing move....makes one definitely suspect DP is not EXPECTED to be OK. Maybe he will be, but this move warrants an explanation by Snow. Is there a reporter around while Greg is on vacation who can get a statement?

What I really like is that Biron will probally get about 1/2 the starts, especially with all the back-to-back games on the Isles schedule. Biron has a strong showing, there will be playoff contention teams lining up to trade for him, especially since he has such a low contract. Then come the trade, hopefully Mikko will have acclaimated himself to the American style of play and get his first taste of the nhl.

I think it is a very good signing. Biron for 1 yr 1.4 mil is pretty good. However im sad if dp will never play again hes amazing if he is healthy. Hopefully he will recover and be good by the trade deadline. Theres def. something going on with him obviously that they are signing all these goalies and they said mikko will be in the nhl in 2 years. Who knos wats going to happen. I guess will wait and see.

Cmon, MetalChick, get a life
Biron is exactly what we needed.
Enforcer next.

I ran into Rob....hes told me how seriously you take yourself. Funniest stuff ever. Balducci isnt the lieing type either.

Posted by Islanders505 | July 22, 2009 21:54 Cmon, MetalChick, get a life
Biron is exactly what we needed.
Enforcer next.


What do you mean, "come on metal chick"? Wher did I complain about this signing? I have NO problem with this at all.

Wow stellar, you figured out that I am friends with someone, all by yourself, just from looking at my top MySpace friends? Fascinating. You are super-duper cool. Now if only you could spell.

Anyone who followed this knows the doctors interview in January when it was decided to shut DiPietro down.

The plan was for him to do nothing for six weeks, the doctor also said he thought another surgery was remote but could not be ruled out at the time.

Obviously he had another surgery and he is maybe two months ahead of last year if it was in April as opposed to June last summer but enough was enough and the Islanders are not rushing him back under any circumstances or are ready to hand the goaltending to a 39 year old or Scott Munroe, a prospect or Nate Lawson.

And that's obviously the right move.

To go out and get Biron means Snow-Gordon wants some NHL veteran goaltending depth for this year unlike last season when Snow had to even bring in Dubielewicz who got claimed and had Mannino and Lawson starting games. MacDonald got hurt too last season.

Biron is no franchise goalie but the Isles just signed a player at 1.4m who wanted a lot more from the Flyers who if nothing else buys them time and gives them depth.

The Isles now will have three goalies, well after last year that seems like a great problem to have after losing 580 games to injury. If Snow has to trade one of them then the Isles get back something, this move only cost money.

All respect to the Flyers and Leafs but I would take Biron over all their goaltenders right now, even the monster.

just wanted to add to the mix, while i don't believe the islanders should buy out dp's contract. someone asked how ever buying out dp could be a good idea, while again i don't believe dp should be bought out, here's an obvious and quite possible scenario where it would be a great idea to buy him out, Say dp comes back from injury,never regains his form and can only play 40 games a year then you buy his ass out, whats obvious to us is not always so obvious to others, and vice versa, no need to make fun of or put someone down because they may take an hour and a half to watch 60 minutes.

DP is done. Let's face it folks. YOu dont draft/acquire 3 minor league goalies and then get 2 bona fide #1's if DP is EVER coming back. The front office wants to keep the Tavares outlook nice and rosey, and the news of DP's career being over would tarnish that.

Read it - DP is done.
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I wouldnt go that far......the top 4 goalies in the org last season were
DP-MacDonald-Danis-Mannino

now it is
DP-Biron-Roloson-Kostisten

The Isles needed goalie depth because they had no depth and no vets of stature
last time was when Snow was the backup and before that was probably when we had Osgood.

Another thing is like you act like it is time to shower Tavares with roses. He has to prove himself and go with the flow. The Biron signing shows that they want to win this season, which is what I want to hear from the org. Not to impress some draft pick.

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