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Next Islanders review – #43 – Martin Biron

By Gary Harding

29GP 26GS 9-14-5 3.25GAA, .896 SV Pct, 1SHO, 1A, 2PM

Probably on of the nicest hockey players that I have ever encountered, Marty is the ultimate team player.  He knew EXACTLY what he was getting himself into when he came here.  However, he would do whatever was necessary for the team, and not complain about it.

At one point of the season, he got zero support from the offensive side of the puck.  He would give up 2 goals on 40 shots, but get zero from his mates.  At a point where he was not getting any playing time, he took a stint in Bridgeport to keep his game shape going.  Then in a stretch at the latter part of the season, he was on fire for the big club.

He knew he was the 3rd wheel on the team chart when Ricky returned briefly to the lineup, but the ‘class’ guy that he is – he kept chin up and did what was needed.

I know that he will not be back next season, but if a team had 20 guys like Marty, it would be a great locker room.  Not that the Islanders have a bad one, in fact the team is a great unit together; but he is an absolute treat.  Whatever team that will get his services next season will have a great player on and off the ice.

As far as a grade is concerned, I have to give a C.  For total playing it would have to be lower, due to the bad start, and the bad luck.  However, the intangibles will take some of the grade and bring it up.

Next up – #44 Freddy Meyer.