The Islanders have signed a third starter, Martin Biron, to a one year, $1.4 million dollar contract. I just. don’t. get it.
So then, we’re admitting DiPietro is beyond being a functioning goalie, right?
I mean, it makes no sense to sign someone to well over a million dollars if you intend for them to play in the AHL. And we aren’t going to trade Biron or Roloson, both of whom we just signed, or we simply wouldn’t have signed them. So this was the Islanders admitting DP is a no-go, wasn’t it?
The Sound Tigers had a stud in net last year in Nathan Lawson, who didn’t see NHL games at the end of the AHL season strictly because the BPST’s needed him too bad (truf). If they were looking to lock up a talented kid with scads of potential starter for the Sound Tigers, they had Lawson in their hands (statline: 2.16 GAA, .927 Save %, 19 wins, 9 losses – better than Mannino in every category). Who knows if he’ll sign without getting a NHL – AHL two way, which the Isles won’t do (15 years looked crazy, but 4 NHL goalie contracts looks bat-shit crazy). So should we shuffle Laws into the “Islanders squandered talent” bin? They better at least lock him up for Bridgeport somehow, and soon… or someone will.
Ahhh, the Red Sox got rid of Julio Lugo, at last. He never really fit in there, did he? Never quite had the swagger, always kinda looked weak. I’m sure Sawks fans shed zero tears, and are already demanding results of the new guys.
By the way, has the Sox morphing into the Yankees over this decade turned anyone else off? So much for the scrappy underdog taking down those Rockefeller-esque Yankees. They’re just poured outta the same mold at this point.
Like me, you may find it hard to sit through 36 seconds of “metal”, or whatever we’re calling that genre of “music”, so you may want to mute this. I think I actually like it better with sound though.
So good news, for those of you who have subscribed to the blog. You’re about to get your first bonus offering from Bourne’s Blog! I’m going to take questions from now until the Hockey Greats Fantasy Camp that you may have for any of our ex-NHL stars, ask those questions, and do a fun little question and answer write up for you. I think I may do this throughout the year with current NHLers that I’m still in touch with too.
So, you have your pick, ask a question to any of the following: Battlin’ Billy Smith, Dave Semenko, Bryan Trottier, Dale Hawerchuk, Doug Bodger, Steve Shutt, Ron Flockhart, Cliff Ronning, Larry Melnyk, Gary Nylund, Clark Gillies, or of course, my Dad.
Two weeks from now that crew will be on the ice with our guests, pulling groins, tweaking backs, and generally keeping ibuprofen providers in business. Lookin’ forward to it!