Garth Snow's Baffling Move Lands Martin Biron in Long Island

Joel DundasCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2009

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 23:  Martin Biron #43 of the Philadelphia Flyers makes his final save in shutting out the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs  on April 23, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.(Photo By Dave Sandford/ Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have signed unrestricted free agent goalie Martin Biron to a one-year, $1.4 million contract. Seems like a decent move, as Biron is a decent goalie, putting up a .915 save percentage and a 2.76 goals against average with the Flyers this past season.

The odd part about this is that earlier in free agency the Islanders signed Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson to a two-year, $5 million contract. Roloson kept the Oilers alive this past season, tallying very nice numbers for them.

Even odder is that the Isles have Rick DiPietro locked up until 2021 after signing him to a 15-year contract a while back.

Apparently, Garth Snow has trouble counting, as they now have, in his words, "...three bona fide No. 1 goalies."

Um...Garth? You only need two goalies and one "bona fide starter." This is just a baffling move. Three goalies all fighting for one spot is sure to go well. Who sits, and who dresses? This is sure to cause problems.

This would make some sense to me if DiPietro was still hurt, but, according to Garth, "Islanders management has stated that DiPietro will begin skating in August and the team hopes to have him ready for training camp."

I don't know what was wrong with Joey MacDonald, as he played very well as the starter last season and he would have been reasonably cheap, but the Isles have $20 million in cap space remaining, and they would have been better served to spend that money on a forward or a defenceman, since they have no offense and a struggling defense.

Whatever the reason, it does not matter as they will still be a cellar dweller next season.