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Goaltender insurance for Rick DiPietro

If the Islanders want to cloak Rick DiPietro's health status in mystery, that's their prerogative. But actions seldom lie, and by that standard it's undeniable that their level of concern about the man with the 15-year contract is very serious.

The signing today of former Philadelphia starting goaltender Martin Biron on the heels of the signing of former Edmonton starter Dwayne Roloson is evidence of that. Loaded with high draft picks and a desperate need for scoring, size and toughness, general manager Garth Snow spent the first picks of the second and third rounds on goaltenders Mikko Koskinen and Anders Nilsson. On top of that, he signed AHL veteran goaltender Scott Munroe, and he has Nathan Lawson already in Bridgeport.

That means the Islanders have three goaltenders (DiPietro, Roloson and Biron), the Sound Tigers have three (Munroe, Koskinen and Lawson) and the Isles have at least three prospects in the system (Nilsson, Kevin Poulin and Stefan Ridderwall). Their better-safe-than-sorry approach is a direct reaction to what happened last season when DiPietro pushed to be on the Opening Night roster before he really was ready to play.

He backed up the first four games, started the next three, leaving the third game after one period, and then made two more starts the rest of the season, the last of which was on Jan. 2. After two operations on his left knee last year, it's confirmed he underwent a third procedure on the knee before he was seen on crutches at a rehab facility used by the Islanders in early April.

DiPietro's father, Richard Sr., recently assured that his son is making good progress and that the problem with his left knee finally was "cleared up" after a series of medical consultations that correctly identified the problem. He was uncertain about his son's rehab timetable but was confident Rick won't return until he's truly sound this time.

That's the good news. At the same time, seeing is believing, and Snow has acted in prudent fashion to fortify what coach Scott Gordon identified at the end of last season as the most important concern facing the Islanders.

I spoke to Biron earlier tonight for a story that will appear in Thursday's edition of Newsday. He didn't go into free agency thinking about the Islanders, but when Philadelphia signed Ray Emery and Brian Boucher as its goaltending tandem and he didn't receive the kind of long-term deal he wanted, the Islanders began to make more sense. His agent, Mark Witkin, also represents Roloson, so, he had some insight into the opportunity the Islanders represent in this situation.

Biron never would have signed a one-year deal for $1.4 million with the Flyers, but as he said, "We looked at the opportunity with the Islanders in a different light."

He understands that DiPietro could be ready to come back at any time, and when he does, three veteran goaltenders on the NHL roster will be one too many. No coach can be expected to get regular work for three goaltenders. Yet, Biron took the chance on joining the Isles because he obviously expects to get a chance to showcase himself for the rest of the league and possibly land that long-term deal next July.

"I expect to play for many years," said Biron, who turns 32 next month. "I played the last two years with the Flyers and learned tremendously. We went to the playoffs two consecutive years, reached the conference finals last year and then lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champions in a long series this year. I feel I'm at the peak of my experience and maturity.

"This situation gives me the best opportunity to play and keep my level of play up…This was something that was good for both sides."

Comments (37)

The beautiful thing is that he can still keep his license plates the same (New York State off course) since Marty still lives in Clarence (Erie County)

Interesting that Biron and Roloson have the same agent. I know the market probably dictated Biron coming to the Isles, but should we read into that? Should we be surprised if the agent tries to force a trade as soon as DP is healthy (whenever that might be)?

Cannot wait to hear from all u Snow and Wanger supporters on this one...We know have SIX goalies between the Isles and Bridge........LMAO

We r so called re-building ( wink wink ) and used two picks on sex goalies.....The bobbles have LOST IT !!!!

Told u all DP was still on crutches ..... Now for the sale of the team!

I hope you ROT wanger and your lap dog snowy too !!!

Last year when they didnt have any other starter and they rushed DiPietro back into net, people complained.

Now that they are doing the exact opposite of that- you still complain.

I think that some of you just complain. No matter what the team does, you will complain about it. And since thats all some people do, it loses its punch.

I dont care how long it takes for Rick to get back into shape, as long as it is done the right way and he isnt rushed like last year. The Isles dont have to worry about that now.

And Greg- any word on the blog format upgrade?

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

that guy is really stupid

good thing i said guy...lol

I see what happened... the old link still works, you can still post from here. And I also see that every incarnation of my name has already been registered here by trolls. Ill have to wait until Logan can help me straighten this out.

Steady, constant stream of whining and complaining... that should be your tag a-hole... shut the f*&k up and leave this blog already...
Obviously DP isn't playing the first half of the year. If/when he comes back (Jan?) then Biron gets moved to a playoff contender for a draft pick. This makes so much sense that Steady can't even comprehend it.
Regarding AHL goalies, let's not wet our pants over that, OK Steady? One will either get pushed to ECHL or loaned to another AHL affiliate (happens all the time you dumb clown).
Don't even bother to reply to me you loser.

No one replys to you. You have no opinion, no brain cells, and not a clue about the game of hockey. I have forgotten more about this game than you will EVER learn in your meaningless life.

On top of everything you are a COWARD. Notice how you NEVER post anything positive under your tag name above. Move along before I slpa you around some more you ignorant troll.

I do not whine. I speak the truth and have been 100% correct on all my predictions. You keep following along the Wang trail with your blinders on like ignorant sheep !!

P.S What is the opposite of Above Me ?

I am POSITIVE that you are an a$$hole, Steady whining complainer.

We picked sex goalies? What does that mean, idiot?

You're going to slpa me? Interesting. Can't wait to find out what that is moron.

P.S. - Under me. As in why don't you crawl under me so I can sh*t on your face, Mr. I have been 100% correct on all my predictions hockey GEEK.

A BRICK to the back of Steady's head will make the world a better place... It its imminent.

BAM! LIGHTS OUT SUCKER!

You children are comical. I meant SIX goalies Einsten. Move along your both small potato's and most likely the sam idiot with NOTHING else to do in their life.

Bricklayer...Keep threatning. Tell you what. Give Gregg your real name and address and we can settle this. You use your brick and I will use my fist. I will b^tch slap you around your own home internet tough guy.

Still waiting for BOTH of you to use the real tag name. Funny how NEITHER name is ever used to post a logical hockey discussion, yet BOTH names are used to put me down. Classic envy!

Fear Me Suckahhhs

The idiot thout the opposite of "above me" is under me. Too funny. Ignore them Steady, they are loser trolls from the Rags board. The answer is BELOW ME . Say it slowly. lol

Who's Einsten?
We used 2 picks on 6 goalies? That seems like great drafting by Snow, huh?
Where should I move along both of my potatoes (no 's)?
Who's Sam Idiot?
Make up your mind - are we two posters or one? If you think we are one then you should be typing "NOTHING else to do in your life" - otherwise "their" negates the minimal thought you put into that entry.
I just realized that English must be your second language - so I should stop picking on you (despite your non-stop whining) and congratulate you on having a decent grasp on English.

Now for Anon - the idiot did not 'thout' anything. Nobody could possibly 'thout' since 'thout' does not exist. The idiot clearly outplayed Steady's pathetic slew. You should slowly BLOW Steady as you apparently are his only fan.

Fear you? No.

Seek you out with the intention of bashing the back of your skull open with a brick?

Very, very much "Yes". Wait and see!

Unbelievable. If Snow thinks he can go ahead and make these ridiculous moves without any disclosure of information, then he is a complete fool.

Announce DP's playing days on LI as over, or inform the fans of what is going on.

And yes, as a die-hard fan for the past 20 years, that is exactly the news I want to hear. Good riddance to his cocky, steroid-using, nothing-spectacular-goaltending-abilities.

Can we at least get one OFF-SEASON that is not a complete joke? Spare us something Snow...anything.

Tavares + four goalies...

wang on wfan today at 4 !!!

Bricklayer...Please name the time and place..You acne faced wuss bag. I am gonna b^tch slap you around until you learn some manners you COWARD!

Bring it on acne boy !!!

Got people working on getting me your true IP address and location...I'm gonna bring the rain down on your sorry a^^ !!

I don't see why people are so bent out of shape over this signing. You guys act like Snow just wasted the last of the cap space on Biron. Would you rather sit through a season with three AHL rejects playing goal again or be assured you will see an NHL goalie in net all 82 games next year? 1.4 million to allow DP to rehab properly, improve the team short-term and get a draft pick at the end of the year. The move makes sense on a every possible level. What doesn't make sense is Snow getting blasted for upgrading the teams biggest hole last year.

What is a blueline? I am an English teacher in Coral Springs where I play coed softball and play Dungeons and Dragons weekly with my hard posse. I think the Isles should get Wayne Gretzky out of retirement to play goalie.

No you aren't, and no you don't. And if you wanted to, you couldn't anyway.

If you were really looking for me, we would have met a long time ago. Years ago.

I'm actually the one looking for you!

I never, ever forget. And I never, ever give up.

We will meet someday. I will introduce you to something called "accountability". And your life will be changed forever.

OH NOES!! THE DRAMA

Let me make this easy for you sir.

Aug 16th. The Old Trottiers Arena. Port Washington NY . Bar Beach Road. 10:00 pm.

I will be there playing in a hockey game.

I have told you many times where I sit and where I will be. Bring you pals, your bricks, and anything else you need.

As for you threats with weapons on my head:

I have printed every single one of them out and have notified my brother who many on here know is a Detective in NY. YES, my lil internet friend I will find out who you are. You will be caught for your threats on peoples lives. It is a crime, same as if you sent it via a letter. Hate to "spring" that on you .

I also have e mailed Gregg today about your threats as he may indeed be needed in this situation.

I have simply said I will slap you. No fists. No weapons. No permanent injury. Just gonna slap you around and then hand you over to authorities.

Consider yourself ignored until you show your face. We are doing nothing here but ruining the board. See you on the 16th.

Now that was a good e mail "steady!" As a lawyer I can confirm that internet threats are the same as writing and mailing a letter. This guys is threatning your life for all of us to read. He should be banned from this blog and you should definitely press charges. Have your brother call the D.A and ask them for a favor!

Now that was a good e mail "steady!" As a lawyer I can confirm that internet threats are the same as writing and mailing a letter. This guys is threatning your life for all of us to read. He should be banned from this blog and you should definitely press charges. Have your brother call the D.A and ask them for a favor!

OCTOBER 3rd .

Town gave new colliseum...NO

Francessa: If No Lighthouse by October 3rd what will you do" .....

Wang: "Explore options"

Francessa: Is KC an option b/c it is a beautiful arena

Wang: "Yes" As of October 3rd we will open all options!"

Francessa: "will you go to game in KC"

Wang..."YES, I sure hope so."

Francessa: "Will you own a NHL franchise in other city"

Wang: "maybe."

francessa: "Possible to stay in NVMC if no lighthouse?"

Wang: ".... NO...Cannot work...."

BOTTOM LINE....OCTOBER 3rd...Like I said....will tell us everything we need to know.

The SCARRIEST thing Wanger has said is....."If you are going to be bad, be REALLY BAD !" He basically just told you the reason we have not signed any good FA's....His idea of how to build a team is too stink and then draft high! His words...NOT MINE !!

Steady, I am so afraid you will find me.

Or is it you that are afraid of that?

I have state supreme court justices on my side. They are better than NYC police, believe me!

I have many, many printouts of yours, too. I have had them here for years. Waiting. Patiently. For the moment they are useful. For the moment they will be used to make you understand.

You made your decisions, you will be held accountable... No matter how many self-assuring "lawyer" posts you make to yourself.

You are one sad soul. Supreme court justices are going to help you after you hit someone with a brick. LMAO

See you on the 16th puss puss

You are one sad soul. Supreme court justices are going to help you after you hit someone with a brick. LMAO

See you on the 16th. DO NOT LET ME DOWN ! BE THERE !

Heck if you want to play, I will PAY FOR YOU....

One last thing mrs. brick layer.

Since I have NEVER once started an e mail talk with you, what could you possibly have against me except my opinions. whoever you really post under (and YES, I am pretty sure I know who) I must really of put you in your place.

How come you NEVER post anything of value about hockey under Bricklayer?

Again the 16th is coming....ARE YOU ??? I WILL PAY !!

Anyone else find the Wang interview disturbing? Not only a poor interview by WFAN, but poor answers and scary future for this franchise.

Wang sounds like he had a wang in his mouth, like Metal Chick. Time for me to go Steady now.

the old poster azs is the troll. compare his writing style to that of the trolls. also he is still mad for being a phoney and saying he was the one flipping off the raanjerks fan on tv.

22:16 and 07:06 are not me.

The more things change....

Steady:

You have said many, many things directly to me.

About me, my friends, and my family.

My mother in particular.

I have all of your posts directed at me right here, in a little collection. Posts from here, from bottas (before you got banned), from all over isle blogs. Proof, you see. Undeniable proof of the things you have said. Literally years of your posts, preserved to reflect upon.

So, there is no question about what you are being held accountable for.

For once, you are very right about one thing Steady:

You will pay.

Ironic you should use that phrase.

Make sure nothing keeps you away on the 16th.

I will be ther on the 16th.

One thing though...If you EVER think I have said word one about someones mother, friends, or family you are beyond a LIAR !!!

I can get down and dirty, but I have NEVER gone that route. On top of that I have NEVER been on Botta's blog in my life. Ask him. E mail him. E mail Gregg. You are a LIAR !!!

I have NEVER been on that blog site until looking at it recently. And if I wanted to post on it I could !

I have more trolls using my name than anyone. If you were a TRUE man of your word, you will tell me what your real name is and who you normally post under. The only people I have ever argued with beyond belief are the troll Gary, Ceasar, SW!

I am done with You. You have SERIOUS problems. You show up on the 16th and we will settle this like men.

Until then remember....YOU ARE THE ONE that responds to my posts and says you are going to hit me in the head with a brick. Bring all my posts. The fact that you collect them is beyond funny and scary at the same time. You really need a new hobby!

Again...The police and others will see your threats. And you will see why people should not make threats.

See you soon sunshine!

Wow, did these 2 losers meet up and fight or what? Probably 2 wimps who have never been in a scrap. I'd pay to see that slap-fight!

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