Jun 29, 2012, 9:04 PM EDT
Henrik Lundqvist was quick to admit that added rest was helpful during his Vezina-winning campaign. Martin Biron‘s steady, veteran presence made that doable for the New York Rangers, so it’s positive news that they’ll keep him around for two more seasons. Bob McKenzie reports that the Rangers signed Biron to a two-year, $2.6 million deal.
That $1.3 million annual cap hit represents one of the better bounties for a backup, although it’s following the trend of No. 2 goalies getting more cash lately. It does make for an awfully expensive duo in net for New York, though; Hank and Biron’s combined cap hit exceeds $8.1 million – well over 10 percent of the ceiling. Interestingly enough, both goalies’ contracts are set to expire after the 2013-14 season, too.
Still, the Rangers are protecting their crucial investment in Lundqvist, a goalie who’s been among the NHL’s best basically since he burst onto the scene. Maybe it’s a pricey move, but it’s a wise choice overall.
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