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Martin Biron announces his retirement

Oct 20, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

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After being demoted by the New York Rangers last week, Martin Biron is retiring from the game.

The New York Rangers announced Biron was hanging it up after 16 seasons in the NHL which saw him playing as a backup goalie for the better part of it.

Biron’s career began with the Buffalo Sabres at the age of 18 after being their first-round pick in 1995. Perhaps his best season as a pro came in 2001-02 with Buffalo when he played in 72 games for the Sabres winning a career-high 31 games and put up career-best 2.22 goals-against average at age 24.

He gained his most fame, however, as a Philadelphia Flyer during the 2007-08 season winning 30 games and having a career-high .918 save percentage while leading the team to the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh before losing in five games.

In 508 career games played, Biron finished with 230 wins and 28 shutouts. His career came to an ignominious end this season after being scorched in relief by the San Jose Sharks including allowing a highlight-reel goal to rookie Tomas Hertl.

Biron tweeted his announcement as well.

As one of the most quotable players in the league, expect to see him on TV with someone in the near future. We’ll also remember him for his ability to hang tough in a goalie fight as well.

  1. killerpgh - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Is his contract considered “35+”? If his cap hit wasn’t 1.3 million I’m sure some teams would have put in a waiver claim for him last week.

    • stakex - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      He was 34 when he resigned.

  2. stakex - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Kind of a crappy was to see his career come to an end. He wasn’t very good to start the season, but Lundqvist hasn’t been either…. and in fact the whole team has started VERY slow. Seems like a really bad knee jerk to single Biron out and demote him, when he was far from the Rangers big problem. Sather really botched this one.

    Anyway, hopefully he enjoys retirement. I have a feeling he’s going to end up in broadcasting or something.

  3. garryfish - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Good Luck Martin on your future!

  4. mjw9326mjw9326 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I wish Buffalo could have moved Ryan Miller and signed Marty as a bit of a mentor to Jonas Enroth for the rest of the year. Then he could retire with dignity.
    Marty, you are a really classy guy and the league will miss you. As for the classless Rangers, my fervent wish to you is to become as bad as my Sabres are.

    • barkar942 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      If Dolan doesn’t fire Slats, AV and his entire staff, don’t worry. Buffalo will be the better team.
      This reminds me of the Brian Trottier experiment. Slats was smart enough to fire him and take over behind the bench.
      This time, Dolan needs to clean house except for Dineen and Alaire.
      Firing Torts was the final nail in Slat’s career.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Hertl’s only played 8 games and he’s already making goalies retire

  6. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    That came completely outta left field. I did not expect this at all. He’s still a reliable backup that would be a good addition to a few teams out there. I’m really surprised he went unclaimed last week. His cap hit was manageable. It’s ashame it had to end this way to such a class act guy like Marty. He fit in perfect behind Henrik. Sather never ceases to amaze me

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Wow. Marty still has the ability to help out some team(s) in the NHL but there is more to life than sports.

  8. yanmontreal - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    As a team partner when i was 16 in Québec, i wish you good luck Martin, i’m sure you will have a nice future somewhere in the league.

    Bonne chance !!

    • joey4id - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Les Harfangs de Beauport….. Mc? good old times.

  9. steelers88 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Why didn’t the Penguins get him?

    • killerpgh - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      salary cap.

  10. deathbat20 - Oct 20, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Always liked Biron when he was in philly, seemed like a nice guy, best of luck in your future!

  11. flyerguy73 - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Below average backup. I see a lot of people saying “he was a nice guy”. That does not win hockey games. Obviously no team saw anything in him or else they would have picked him up. He was never good enough to be a starter. See ya Marty!

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      I have some news for you…..Marty just might have been the Flyers best goalie since Hextall!…..Feel free to make a valid option but i’m not so sure you can!

      • 2jivecrew - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        It’s a lot to ask of a Philly fan.

  12. mclovinhockey - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Good luck Marty!!! Great guy, always been respectable in net. We will miss u

  13. stinkpretty1 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Always sad to see these beauties retire without a Cup.

  14. jason9696 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    TSN should hire him. He was great when he was on there a few years ago. Very good in front of the camera.

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