September 7, 2009 3:54 PM
Most Islanders fans are anxious to see what will happen with the goaltending situation this season. Rick Dipietro, the first overall pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, and a fan favorite on the island, has been plagued by injuries conveniently after signing a record 15-year, $67.5 million contract in 2006. General manager Garth Snow - a former Islanders goalie himself - brought in two viable candidates to fill the spot between the posts until Dipietro can actually play consistently. It is unknown when he'll be back full-time after rehabbing his knee.
For insurance, Snow brought in Martin Biron, 32, and Dwayne Roloson, 39. Biron is 199-162 in 12 NHL seasons and sports an impressive 2.59 career Goals Against Average (GAA). He played for Buffalo from 1995-2007 and Philly from part of the 2006-2007 season until last year. Roloson is 167-198 since he broke into the league in 1996 with Calgary. He's played for the Flames, Sabres, Blues, Wild and most recently the Oilers and has a career GAA of 2.62.
Both goalies will help answer any questions about depth at the position and give the team a much-needed veteran presence in the locker room and on the ice. Dipietro or not, the Islanders will be set in net.
(Photos courtesy NYI: Biron (l.), Roloson (r.))