Justin's Opinion: After receiving a call from my friend informing me of the signing, I took a few minutes to sit back and browse around and see what people were saying. Everything ranging from "Rick's retiring" to "We are amazing in net" has hit the Islanders message boards. Let us settle down and look at this from an intelligent hockey perspective. We all know that DiPietro has undergone several surgeries, with the last one possibly occuring as recently as this past March. While I do believe he will be present at the Islanders training camp, I believe that he will be doing a lot of solo work.
The signing of Martin Biron simply is a further insurance policy in the health of DiPietro. Yes, DiPietro will be back with the New York Islanders, and yes, he is still going to be their starting goalie for many years to come. The signing of Biron simply demonstrates one thing, and one thing only: Rick DiPietro will not be ready to play for at least the first 25 games of this season, and Biron was brought into as a veteran netminder to help provide the Islanders with solid goaltending every night, whether it be himself in net, or Roloson.
Why is this smart? Well, Biron, who I believe is a decent goalie, will provide some great goaltending, but he will also have value come the midpoint of the season. The Islanders could essentially carry three goalies if they want to, and then come the midpoint of the year or whenever DiPietro is healthy, Biron can be traded to a team that is in need of a goalie, and possibly for a decent return. Every year, at least one team loses their starting goalie to injury, and they search furiously for a replacement. For the 2009-2010 season, I believe that Biron will be the goalie that team's will inquire about if their's goes down to injury, and Garth Snow will be all ears!
Just a quick opinion, take it for what it's worth, but I believe this may be a smart move with long-term benefits.