16 January 2010
Use 'em or Lose 'em will be a weekly series about which upcoming free agents and on the bubble players the Islanders should keep or get rid.
USE 'EM OR LOSE 'EM
Brendan Witt: The 34 year defensmen who has played with the Isles since the 2006-2007 season has seen his stats dramatically decrease since his inaugural season. In that first season with the club he played in 81 games , had a goal and 14 assists and finished the season a +14. Since then he has yet to play a full season, has yet to finish a + anything since and has not received more than 9 points in a season. For the most part of this season, excluding several games, Witt was nearly invisible on the ice and has failed to really make nuch of an impact. His best performance of this season came on November 2nd, where he scored his first multi goal game of his career. He also became the face of tough hockey players everywhere after shaking off a hit by a GMC Yukon in Philadelphia and preceding to go play a game that night, in which they were pummeled 6-2. Other than those events Witt has been useless and maybe taking a spot from someone from more deserving of playing time.
IHB VERDICT: LOSE 'EM
Martin Biron:A veteran pressence like Marty's is hard to find and his personality is one of a friendly neighbor. Unfortunately when Biron signed his 1 year deal he knew what he was getting, some playing time and a paycheck. This season has not been one of his most stellar season in the win-loss column, going 2-11-2. For what ever reason Biron did not get the "run support" Roloson was able to get from the rest of the team. Coupled with the return of Rick Dipietro, Biron's time on the Island is coming to an end and a new chapter for the Vet is about to begin.
IHB VERDICT: LOSE 'EM
Tonight's game will be the final meeting between the Sabres and Islanders, who will be looking to tie the season series. Rick Dipietro will also make his home debut at the coliseum tonight.
Lindy Ruff called out the Red Wings for making excuses for the loss against the Isles on Tuesday.“Detroit lined up the excuses the other night, but the Islanders really took it to them. The Islanders’ record is very indicative of the way they’ve played this season, and they continue to improve.”
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