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Biron clears waivers, uncertain about future

Oct 15, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

Martin Biron

Veteran Rangers goalie Martin Biron cleared waivers on Tuesday, but it’s unclear what lies ahead.

Biron, 36, will reportedly take a few days to figure out if he’ll report to AHL Hartford or consider retirement, according to TVA’s Louis Jean.

It’s been an odd past few weeks for the longtime NHLer. Things began strangely at Rangers’ training camp — Biron was absent for the first two days with an unspecified personal issue, forcing the Blueshirts to bring in Johan Hedberg on a PTO.

Upon his return, Biron spoke guardedly about his absence:

“I’m where I need to be. I’m focused and I’m really where I wanted to be this morning.

“I was excited to be here. I was excited to be on the ice and get going with the guys, definitely. I’m not going to go into details, it’s just how life is sometimes and you’ve got to roll with it.

“Again, I was fortunate I was able to get home and now to be back.”

According to ESPN New York, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault “appear unconvinced” about Biron as the club’s backup right from start of camp. Vigneault’s opinion went unchanged early in the regular season — strengthened, even — after Biron went 0-1-0 in two appearances with a 7.61 GAA and .763 save percentage.

“It’s a performance-based business, and the organization felt Marty’s first two performances were not what we expected, [so] we decided to put him on waivers,” Vigneault said. “We’re gonna get together this afternoon as a group and talk about where we go from there.”

What’s odd is that, statistically speaking, Biron’s been one of the NHL’s best backup goalies over the last two years.

He didn’t play much in 2013, but was solid when called upon, posting a 2-2-1 record with a .917 save percentage and 2.32 GAA.

The year prior he appeared in 21 games, posting a 12-6-2 record with a .904 save percentage and 2.46 GAA.

He was also lauded for a strong working relationship with starter Henrik Lundqvist.

Biron could accept his fate with the Rangers and report to the American League, a place he hasn’t played since a rehab assignment during the 2009-10 campaign. Teammate Arron Asham, who was placed on waivers as well, has already said he’d report to Hartford.

  1. edm93oil - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    The oilers should trade the yak to rangers for staal and a random foward.

  2. flyerguy73 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    He was NEVER good enough to be a starter, let alone a backup. I hated him as a Flyer! He needs to retire, and do something else, because a goalie he isn’t!

    • ibieiniid - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      you know why he was a bad goalie on the Flyers? because he was on the Flyers.

  3. shamu1the1whale - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Do you think anyone in Pittsburgh might be considering him?

  4. hockeyflow33 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    $1.3 million to play in the AHL isn’t that bad Marty!

    • ibieiniid - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      ewwwwww bus ridesssss

  5. tarotsujimoto74 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    If he is intent on retiring, I would love for the Sabres to bring him in so he can retire a Sabre.

    • pxland - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      “I retired a sabre”

      That’s not such a great thing to be able to say, is it?

  6. crazemastercraze - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    All the players who were on the ice in front of Biron should be place on waivers as well..

    • barkar942 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      And so should the coach!

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