By Katie Strang

 

The trade deadline has come and gone and everything on Long Island remains status quo.

 

Beyond making two minor-league deals and moving defenseman Andy Sutton to Ottawa for a second-round pick in 2010 on Tuesday, the Islanders made no trades yesterday before the 3 p.m. deadline.

 

Not only did the Islanders not move either of goaltenders Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron, but they also had nothing new to report regarding the status of injured goaltender Rick DiPietro.

 

Islanders general manager Garth Snow said that after meeting with DiPietro’s doctor’s before Tuesday’s game against Chicago, the prognosis has not changed. DiPietro, who was placed on injured reserve (knee swelling) Tuesday retroactive to February 28, remains out indefinitely.

 

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Snow did say, however, that he is optimistic DiPietro will return sometime this season.

 

Until then, Snow has Roloson and Biron to assume goaltending duties. The fact that both netminders remain Islanders is somewhat surprising given the team's long-standing plan to move one, but Snow said that the latest development with DiPietro had no impact on the team’s maneuvering at the deadline.

 

“Coming into the season we were sitting there with Rick not being healthy and we thought it was a great luxury to have two number-one goalies. Rick is out right now and we have two number one goalies and we’re battling for a playoff spot,” Snow said.

 

 

The Islanders signed Biron July 22 with the intention of trading him once DiPietro returned healthy after rehabbing a surgically-repaired left knee. Snow had been fielding offers for the past two months once that came to fruition and although Roloson’s play garnered speculation that the Islanders might re-prioritize which goaltender to trade, Biron was the one they actively tried to move.

 

Had the team received significant interest in Biron, they would have moved him, but they did not. It is believed that Biron’s price tag, even with his one-year $1.4 million deal pro-rated for the last six weeks of the season.

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While Snow received interest for Roloson, as well as veteran Richard Park, he focused his efforts on dealing Biron.

 

“Roloson is our MVP,” Snow said. “You saw the way he played last night.”

 

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The Islanders now revert back to a situation similar to the beginning of the season, with Roloson and Biron in the mix and DiPietro’s status lingering overhead. It is no secret that the scenario is not ideal for any of the parties involved, but Snow said that this is an inevitable part of the business.

 

“It’s about hockey games,” Snow said. “The team comes first and anyone that doesn’t believe that and puts themselves in front of the team…that won’t be accepted,” Snow said.

 

Notes and Quotes: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured foot suffered after blocking a shot during the game Tuesday. Bridgeport defenseman Dylan Reese is expected to join the team in Atlanta Thursday. Trent Hunter (upper body) is out one to two weeks.