Martin Biron With The Islanders: Solid Move

Felix Sicard@@YeetrocityCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2009

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 29:  Goalie Martin Biron #43 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on the ice during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre November 29, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

When the New York Islanders signed Martin Biron to a one year, 1.4 million dollar contract today, many people were left scratching their heads, while many were outraged.

Was Garth Snow right in signing Martin Biron? If you actually give it some thought, the answer is: Yes. 

Many would liken this duo to the Khabibulin-Huet pairing on Chicago last year, although the Islanders have way less money invested in these two guys. Also, both have the potential to get hot at any time and carry the team for a few games. 

Roloson was the MVP of a mediocre Edmonton squad last year, and although he isn't getting any younger at 40 years of age, he can definitely steal a few games for the Isles.

Martin Biron was only a shadow of his 2007-2008 self last year, but he is still a capable netminder who comes relatively cheap. He is only on board for one year, so should DiPietro be back from injury around the trade deadline, he could become expendable.

Also, these two guys will bring some respectability back to the Islander's crease, which has seen a parade of mediocrity for the past few seasons.

Having both Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron not only gives the Islanders a great goaltending tandem, but it will also allow take some pressure off Rick DiPietro to hasten his return from injury. 

Although the Isles are still paying the price for having signed an oft-injured, inconsistent goaltender to a monstrous 15-year contract, the signings of Biron and Roloson will ensure that the Long Island crease is well cared for this season.