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Rangers make “progress” in bringing back backup Biron

Jun 7, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

Martin Biron, Viktor Stalberg AP

Adding Brad Richards certainly helped the New York Rangers jump up a level this season, but I think the team also exhibited the underrated value of a decent backup. For years, Henrik Lundqvist was expected to win too many games and play too many games for the Rangers, yet last season a healthy Martin Biron allowed the team to rest Hank.

With that in mind, it’s good – if not enormous – news that Katie Strang reports that there’s been “progress” made in contract talks between Biron and the Rangers.

Biron might be the ideal backup for Lundqvist on many levels. He’s been a starter earlier in his career, yet he must know that’s no longer his place – yet it still means that he’s likely comfortable “carrying the ball” from time to time.

Money will probably be the big question. It wouldn’t be surprising if Biron wants a little more than the $875K annual cap hit he received the last two seasons, yet the Rangers might want Biron to make the kind of dough that journeyman No.2’s such as Brent Johnson and Brian Boucher tend to net (maybe closer to $650K?).

If the Rangers don’t nab Biron, they’d be wise to get someone like him. A fresher Hank tends to be a more productive Hank.

  1. bcisleman - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Marty’s value certainly should exceed that of a journeyman. He was terrific for the NYR this year. He probably should get between $1 and $2 mil. If the NYR try to lowball him, they will be making a VERY bad mistake. As has been noted, the goalie market is VERY tough. They’d be well advised to show Marty the $.

    • gaborik104life - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      I’m sorry did you watch the Rangers games? While marty was a good backup at the beginning of the season his play deteriorated to that of Brent Johnson’s by the end. He was letting up horrible goals that cost them some games. Overall his numbers are solid but you take away the games in which the team scored a good amount of goals and played great defense that I could have had good numbers in and then take a look at his numbers. Pitt gave up a 7th rounder for Vokoun who was towards the top of the league in stats numbers a couple of years ago and he signed for two years 4 mil. I’m sorry no way in hell is he in the same pay as Vokoun. 1 million max and I would still love to see another back up.

  2. lidstrom5 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Oh where is Hasek going to land 😛

  3. mrpigs - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Biron started strong but after the winter classic really sucked, if we lose him we lose him, I think we can find a goalie out there that will suffice for cheapy

  4. nyrangersfan - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Yes I agree. After the Winter Classic he wasn’t good. I think they lost more games than they won when he started in net. His five hole is wide open and that’s where he let’s most goals through.Look at the game vs Chicago. Chicago was on a 9 game losing streak and Biron gave them, was it 4 goals in the first? Biron made them look like they were on a 9 game win streak. But on the other hand, what other backup goalies are really out there?

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