New York Islanders' general manager Garth Snow pulled off a brilliant signing yesterday, as he agreed to terms with goaltender Marty Biron on a one-year, $1.4 million contract.
Clearly, Snow learned from his mistake last season of having no capable backup goalie in case All-Star goalie Rick DiPietro was not healthy. Joey MacDonald and Yann Danis played well at times last year, but both goalies are border line backups in the NHL.
Goaltender might be the most important position in all of sports, and if you do not have a reliable goalie, you are not going to win—no matter how good the rest of the team is.
Now the Isles not only have one bona fide backup, but two in Biron and Dwayne Roloson, who agreed on a two-year, $5 million deal with the Islanders on July 1.
It's no secret that DP won't be ready to start the season, which really is not a surprise, being that DP has not played much in the past season and a half.
The plan is for DP to slowly rehab, and hopefully be ready sometime around Thanksgiving.
This move will allow DP to ease his rehab, and gives the Islanders insurance in the event DP ends up missing most of next season.
Dwayne Roloson has played in 60-plus games before, but he is 40-years-old, so having another solid goalie split time with him if DP doesn't play is a good thing.
Biron and Roloson are solid goalies who will keep the Isles in games next season, and put them in position to win more games than they did last season.
If DP's rehab goes smoothly, and he can get back to playing next year, then the Isles have a valuable trading chip in Biron that they can use to get a prospect or draft pick for later in the year. Teams are always looking for goaltending help at the deadline, and with Biron only signed for the season, teams won't have to fear taking on added salary to their payroll past next season.
This move also shows the Islander fan base that the front office plans on winning as many games as possible next year. If this was not their plan, then they would have just gone with Scott Munroe as the backup until DP is ready to play.
Now, I know that this should be the plan of any teams' front office for any season in any sport, but this move proves to me that the Isles do not plan on being in on the Taylor Hall sweepstakes next season.