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Can Rangers coach trust backup Biron? ‘It’s a good question’

Oct 12, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

Despite being a starting goalie many moons ago in Philadelphia, Martin Biron seems very comfortable in his role as Henrik Lundqvist‘s backup. Still, after a rough Saturday performance, New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault admitted that the Rangers might not be so comfortable about Biron to the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross.

Biron, 36, was probably the goat in the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

New York carried the play through two periods, especially in the middle frame, out-shooting St. Louis 13-5. Instead of that giving the Rangers the advantage, Biron allowed three goals on those five shots.

Judge his culpability regarding that trio for yourself:

Biron allowed four goals on 17 shots before giving way to Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 16 of 17 shots as the Blues erupted in the third period.

(At least Lundqvist said that sharp work made him feel a little better.)

The Rangers’ next game doesn’t come until they visit the Capitals on Wednesday, so the Rangers could ponder the backup question for a few days. Biron isn’t cheap for a No. 2, either, as he’ll make $1.3 million in the final year of his deal.

  1. stakex - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    The Rangers actually put together two really solid periods, and by all rights should have had a lead going into the third. Considering how poorly they have played lately, they REALLY needed Biron not to give up those really soft goals. Granted the 3rd in the videos posted here (the 4th goal I he allowed I think) really wasn’t his fault… but the first two were terrible. They just kill a team when they are already stuck in a giant rut.

    On the plus side, Lundqvist looked really good in the 3rd.

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    It looks as if AV has a strange “relationship” with goaltenders.

  3. 950003cups - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    AV gets too much credit. He took a stacked team of talent to the finals and gets full unjust credit. Same thing with DeBoer in NJ. Both these fools need to go. Both their systems suck, and the now it’s glaring as so.

  4. flyerguy73 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Bit on has always been a very below average goalie his whole career. I hated him as a Flyer. He is not even worthy of being any teams backup. Yet he seems to find work. They must see something I don’t.

  5. eggserino - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Maybe the Rangers should take a flier on Bryz… That would be HUMOUNGUS BIG!

  6. banger60 - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    As of now, both Rangers goalies stink.!

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