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Talbot joins Rangers as new backup

Oct 15, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Cam Talbot #33 of the New York Rangers makes the second period save against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Wells Fargo Center on September 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Soon we will find out if Rangers goaltender Martin Biron has been claimed on waivers or cleared. If its the latter as expected, then he will be sent to the minors as the Rangers have already named Henrik Lundqvist‘s new understudy.

Goaltender Cam Talbot and forward J.T. Miller have been summoned from AHL Hartford, according to the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross.

Johan Hedberg, 40, was believed to be another contender to replace Biron as the team’s backup after the two veterans competed for the job during training camp. However, their decision to go with Talbot doesn’t come as a surprise.

The 26-year-old netminder has no NHL experience, but did finish the 2012-13 campaign with a 2.63 GAA and .918 save percentage in 55 AHL games. Talbot has put up similar numbers in the minors in three games this season.

The Rangers are off to a rough start and Biron certainly wasn’t alone in his struggles. Even goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has a 4.21 GAA and .887 save percentage as the Rangers try to work through some defensive issues.

New York will try to end its three-game losing streak on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.

  1. c1md6 - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    “Hey Marty Philadelphia is on line 1″

    • hockey412 - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      If it weren’t for his stats this season I’d bet Pittsburgh would be tinkering with the idea too.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      why would the Flyers want Martin Biron (aside from the joke that the flyers go after every player)?

    • joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Seems like the Oilers are more in dire need of a vet goalie….

  2. stakex - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Eh, Talbot can’t be any worse then Biron was so far this year. Yeah Lundqvist has struggled as well, but Biron single handedly lost the Rangers that St. Louis game…. and I guess AV felt that was a good enough reason to make a change.

    I wouldn’t expect anyone to claim him either. He’s been alright as a backup the last couple years, but there are probably better solutions out there for any team looking for a goalie.

  3. xdj511 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Well Biron was late reporting to camp this year due to “personal reasons” so you have to wonder if there is more going on there than merely poor play. Certainly if Biron is willing and able to keep playing there are several teams that can use a veteran backup.

    I’m excited to see Cam Talbot up. He looked really good in the exhibition games he played in. It wouldn’t be the worst thing if we have another goalie around that can push Henrik and can actually challenge him for playing time, instead of our past backups (Steve Valiquette, anyone?) where you would cringe when you saw that Henrik was on the bench and just hoped that they wouldn’t stink up the place and cost you an otherwise winnable game.

  4. moarjam - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Honestly I would be shocked if he was picked up. He was a great backup when he first came to NYR but he’s been plain bad dating back to last season. The 5-hole is the weakest I’ve ever seen at this level.

    I personally feel this is overdue. If it weren’t for the fact that he was such a well liked guy in that locker room, he’d have been gone a while ago.

    Its a shame because by all accounts he was a great teammate and guy but father time catches up to them all!

  5. chip56 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    My guess is that Marty hangs ‘em up. He’s really outgoing and I would suspect a French language sports network in Canada or upstate NY would be interested in bringing him on as an analyst.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      lol wow, looking WAY ahead.

      • chip56 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        I’m talking Biron not Broduer.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        I know this. everybody else made their guesses as to whether he stays in the league. you already assigned him a new career lol

  6. skr213 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    AV needs to make serious adjustments to how he thinks about defense. It was his downfall with the Canucks, but he survived by having amazing goaltending. Now that he’s with the Rangers, the serious weakness is being shown in full glory.

    • nicknyhc - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      The Canucks had “amazing goaltending” under AV but the Rangers don’t?

      Sounds like you’re a Devils fan who’s been sipping the Chico Reisch kool aid and believing the hype about Schneider.

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