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Rangers sign Martin Biron to two-year, $2.6M deal

Jun 29, 2012, 9:04 PM EDT

Martin Biron AP

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.

  1. t16rich - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Perfect attitude for a back up goalie. Team guy and deserves it.

  2. stakex - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Glad to see Biron back, although not quite sure hes worth the $1.3 million hes making (not sure anyone who plays 15-20 games a year is worth that). I guess in the end though that extra $500k isn’t going to make much difference.

    • babykaby - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:54 AM

      If it makes you feel any better, just look at how much back up quarterbacks in the NFL make, and they may not even get into one game.

  3. kingfooj - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Like penner, I think this guy’s sense of humor/likeability makes up for being slightly overpaid(for those of you who think so) in the way of fan support and enthusiasm, which helps the team is different ways than on the ice. That said, he is a solid back up that can get the job done, which he may not get the opportunity to show that often but will make you very thankful when Hank decides to have an off day

  4. zaksyuk - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Lundqvist to detroit in 2 years because that’s how swede the redwigns are ! LOL

    • kingfooj - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      and howard just disappears?

      • zaksyuk - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Joking, that will never happen and howard is a damn good goalie. lol

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