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.
"Adding Marty gives us three bona-fide number one goalies," said Islanders' general manager Garth Snow. "We learned about the importance of stability in our line-up from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter."
The 31-year old Biron played in 55 games for the Flyers in 2008-09 and posted a 29-19-5 record with two shutouts and a 2.76 goals-against average. He posted good numbers in the playoffs, but the Flyers fell to the eventually Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the first round.
The Lac-Ste. Charles, Quebec native became expendable in Philadelphia after the team signed Ray Emery away from the KHL.
Biron, who was acquired by the Flyers in late February 2007 from the Sabres, was the Flyers starting goal for two and half seasons. During his 133 games played as Flyer, he posted a 65-47-16 recored.
During his 10 year-career, Biron has 199 wins and a lifetime goals against average of 2.59.