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Biron (personal) not at Rangers camp, Hedberg invited on PTO

Sep 11, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

Martin Biron AP

New York Rangers backup netminder Martin Biron wasn’t in attendance for the start of training camp due to a personal issue, opening the door for veteran goalie Johan Hedberg to sign a PTO with the club.

The nature of Biron’s situation wasn’t made public but, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang, the 36-year-old is likely to return to the club soon, possibly as soon as Thursday.

Hedberg, 40, makes sense for the Rangers on a number of fronts.

One, he was in the area — he’d been hanging around New Jersey after the club bought out his contract in early July following the acquisition of Cory Schneider.

Two, he’s a capable backup.

Though last year’s lockout-shortened season was a disappointment, Hedberg did go 17-7-2 in 2011-12 for the Devils, filling in admirably with starter Martin Brodeur injured.

That’s said, it’s unclear if Hedberg will remain in camp when Biron returns.

  1. thecheeman - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I love Moose, but let me tell you, he lost it last year.

    • nj666 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      It really wasn’t his fault that PDB played him 10 games in a row.

      • thecheeman - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        I know he’s not built to be a 65 games a year goalie, but you know he was awful pretty much every night, and sometimes cover your eyes awful that left you in no doubt you were looking at the end.

  2. devilsarethebest - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Please don’t Moose. You know what happens to ex-Devils that sign with the Rags. They end up in Florida with Scotty G.

  3. devilsarethebest - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Tom Gulitti just mentioned there’s a good chance Moose may play against us on Monday. Going to that game, so I hope he does so we can boo him. Would be LEGENDARY!

    • 950003cups - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      I would NEVER boo moose. If anything, I’ll give him the MOOOOOOOOOSE calls. It’s a practice game. Means nothing. Plus we fired him for CORY SCHNEIDER!!!!

      Imagine Cory vs Moose? wouldn’t that be a kicker

      • devilsarethebest - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        What he did is just as bad as Parise, Clarkson and Kovy. Some may consider it worse because he went to our most hated rival. So just as I will boo Parise and Clarkson when they come back to NJ (already got my tickets for that too) I have to boo Moose. Kovy was my favorite player in the league even before he came to Jersey, now I would boo my head off against him. Loved Moose when he was here, not so much anymore.

      • lowenni - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        How is what Hedberg did just as bad as Parise, Clarkson, and Kovalchuk? Parise and Clarkson both left on THEIR OWN volition during free agency, and Kovalchuk chose to “retire” on HIS OWN volition. Hedberg was FORCED to leave due to his buyout. I highly, highly doubt he’d prefer to play with the Rags over the Devils. But he’s been forced to find new work. You can’t boo the man, a great guy, for choosing to simply try out for a team and find work now that he’s been stripped of his job. You call yourself a Devils fan, and that’s a first class organization. Try having the same amount of respect and esteem that your team does.

    • captngeetch - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Stay classy…sheesh

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