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Martin Biron not expected to return

 The Islanders are not expecting to sign backup goaltender Martin Biron. According to both camps, the 32-year-old netminder plans to test the market via free agency July 1.

"At this point in time, we have not extended an offer to Martin Biron and expect him to be an unrestricted free agent come July 1" general manager Garth Snow said.

Biron's agent, Peter Fish, echoed the same:

"We plan on going to July 1, but no doors have been closed."

Biron, who struggled toward the beginning of the season but then rattled off seven wins in eight starts toward the end of the year, finished with a 9-14-4 record and 3.27 GAA.

Although Biron was a dynamic presence and beloved teammate in the Islanders dressing room, this news does not come as much of a surprise.

It's no secret that the Islanders three-goaltender situation (Dwayne Roloson, Rick DiPietro, and Biron) was less than ideal for all involved. Biron found himself out of the mix once DiPietro returned to health in January, but then re-injected into the starting rotation once DiPietro was sidelined again with knee issues later in the season.

It is believed the Islanders will head into this season with Dwayne Roloson as their starting goaltender. Depending on what happens with regards to Rick DiPietro's health, Bridgeport goaltender Nathan Lawson may get a chance to back up Roloson.

The Islanders plan on extending a qualifying offer to Lawson at some point this summer.

"In a pinch he can come up and give us good, quality minutes," Snow said in a radio interview with NHL Live yesterday.


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