Wednesday, July 22, 2009

So long, Marty: Biron signs with the Islanders

From the day the Flyers signed Ray Emery, we knew this day would come. Martin Biron, who spent two and a half years as the Flyers top goaltender, has signed with the New York Islanders. Biron was a victim of the Flyers running out of salary cap space and needing to find cheap alternatives in net. He signed a one year deal with the Islanders for 1.4 million.

Biron, who was originally acquired by the Flyers at the 2007 trade deadline for a second round pick, was an above average goaltender for the Flyers but lacked consistency. He will always be remembered for standing on his head as he led the Flyers deep into the 2008 playoffs.

He will now head to the Islanders, a team that will frequently play the Flyers, but his role there is unknown. The Islanders number one goaltender is the oft-injured Rick DiPietro and they recently signed Dwayne Roloson to be his backup, so, barring further injuries to DiPietro, Biron could be looking at very little playing time. It's safe to say this was likely his only contract offer, because he didn't take much money and it's hardly a great situation to be in.

Regardless of what happens to Marty with the Isles, I wish him the best of luck. He was always a great guy and played well in pressure situations. We will all miss the "Marty!" chants.


JFein said...

He's a good guy, team player, and class act and he will no doubt be missed. Best of luck to him and his career.

Here's now hoping that Ray Emery will come through this year...

allthingsphilly said...

"He's a good guy, team player, and class act..."

Wish we could say any of those things about Ray Emery