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Isles sign goalie Martin Biron to a one-year deal

Wednesday, 07.22.2009 / 6:15 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

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The New York Islanders today announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with goaltender, Martin Biron

Biron appeared in 55 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, posting a 29-19-5 record and a 2.76 goals against average.  The Lac St. Charles, QC native led the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording a 9-8 record and a 2.97 goals against average.

"Adding Marty gives us three bona-fide number one goalies," said Garth Snow, general manager of the Islanders.  "We learned about the importance of stability in our line-up from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter."

The Islanders signed Dwayne Roloson to a two-year contract July 1. Rick DiPietro, of course, is under a 15-year contract that goes through the 2020-21 season. DiPietro missed all but four games last season due to knee injuries.

Biron has played a total of 433 games in the NHL and comes to the Islanders with a career record of 199-162-25-20 (W-L-T-OT), a goals against average of 2.59, a save percentage of .912 and 25 career shutouts. He was Philadelphia's starting goaltender over the last two-plus seasons.

The 6’3, 180 pound net-minder began his career with the Buffalo Sabres where he played parts of seven seasons with both the Sabres and the team’s American Hockey League affiliate at the time, the Rochester Americans.  He currently ranks second on Buffalo’s All-Time List in shutouts (18) and third in game played (300) and wins (134). 
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