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7/22/2009 9:44:05 PM
In a bit of a surprise move the New York Islanders have signed unrestricted free-agent netminder Martin Biron to a one-year contract worth $1.4 million.
The Islanders now have a glut of goaltending options after signing Dwayne Roloson to a two-year, $5 million contract on July 1st. In addition, franchise 'keeper Rick DiPietro is also under contract to the Isles through the 2020-21 season after signing an enormous 15-year deal in 2005.
DiPietro missed all but four games last season as he battled knee injuries. This move could signify that those injuries have yet to heal properly. Islanders management has stated that DiPietro will begin skating in August and the team hopes to have him ready for training camp. The team stressed the importance of having solid goaltending.
Surprise move is an understatement. What a confusing state this teams goaltending is in. Obviously, DiPietro, the wonderkind that signed the 15 year contract, is not going to be ready. But signing Biron, albeit for $1.4M for a year, after they gave the 39 year old Roloson a two year $5M contract. Who comes into camp as the number one goalie?