You knew the big news of Wednesday, the surprise signing of Martin Biron, was not hitting the wires without making waves in Islanders country and beyond during a slow late July. Not so much because of Biron's humble come-down from his initial a$piration$, but rather for what it tells us -- because the HIPAA-loving Islanders will not -- about Rick DiPietro's health.
- First, a press release arrives from the club. (Yes, likely a modern technical snafu, but the club release was time-stamped in my inbox before the Post published what they billed as a "Larry Brooks EXCLUSIVE," although I suspect the release came out because the Brooks EXCLUSIVE was coming. Regardless, the point stands: Let's hear it one more time for archaic old-media terminology! EXCLUSIVE: News about to spread, exclusively!)
- Of course, at least Brooks' "the Post has learned" piece included the salary: $1.4 million. (Let's hear it for old media reporting what the team will not due to "club policy"!)
- Via Newsday's trippy new template, Logan blogs and lets them have it: "If the Islanders want to cloak Rick DiPietro's health status in mystery, that's their prerogative. But actions seldom lie." Nice! In Logan's print story, Biron sounds like a guy eager for an audition (a #1 job or trade to a contender is the unspoken objective) as the summer wanes.
In the end, the day was about three things, in descending importance: 1) Insurance for DiPietro and assurance he won't be rushed back (again); 2) Sincere shoring up of this year's goaltending; 3) A cheap bet on having some nice trade bait this winter or next trade deadline.
Ah, as the Islanders world turns: It's never a dull moment.