Thursday, August 5, 2010

Getting To Know The Newest Rangers: Marty Biron

Who is he? 
He's the new New York Rangers backup goalie of course.  Biron is probably best known for his days as a Buffalo Sabre which was his only NHL team from when he was drafted 16th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft until he was traded to the Flyers. With the Sabres knowing that Ryan Miller was their goalie of the future Buffalo traded Biron to the Flyers during the 2006-07 season.

During the next two seasons, Biron was considered the number one goalie for the Flyers. Last summer Biron signed as a UFA with the Islanders in what was a peculiar move at the time for the Islanders because they had just signed UFA Dwayne Roloson and already had Rick DiPietro under contract.

Of recent years, one of my main memories of Marty Biron was watching him get pummeled by Ray Emery in the the brawl that resulted from the Chris Neil hit on Chris Drury, when Drury was a member of the Sabres. Despite the clear loss, I gave Biron props at the time because it was a well known fact that Emery was a pretty tough kid.

What's his contract?
Biron signed on July 1st right after free agency opened up. It was expected that the Rangers were in the market for a backup goalie. There were several names being thrown around by the media and from the beginning it looked like Biron might be the guy coming to the Rangers. He signed a two year deal worth $875K per season. It's a very cap friendly number for the Rangers - not too often you hear that phrase.

What does he bring to the Rangers?
He's not the second coming of Patrick Roy. But, he doesn't have to be. His job is to backup Lundqvist. Year after year the Rangers coaches claim that Henrik Lundqbist is going to play less than he did the previous season. Hopefully, the addition of Marty Biron will actually allow the Rangers to follow that game plan. If Biron can come in and start 15 games in relief of Lundqvist, then the hope is that Lundqvist will be rested for the end of the season and hopefully the playoffs, if the Rangers were to make it.

Biron is also known for being a great guy in the locker room and for chirping a lot at opponents from the bench.

Let's just hope he doesn't do this!

What other bloggers are saying:

Scotty Hockey
A good backup goaltender needs to be able to come in to give the team a chance to win, and there were far better goaltenders out there. That being said, when Glen decided that Chad Johnson simply was not good enough yet to play in the NHL, he set himself upon finding a veteran. He got one and at a good price - even in the saturated market of netminders, few vets were likely desperate enough to take a deal for 875k. Glen found one that would. Alex Auld, last season's stopgap, took one million from Montreal. Hope that 125k is worth losing an additional few games ... just the difference between making the playoffs and not.

I hope that Hank can handle another 70 start season.

Rangers Tribune 
a spectacular signing just because they acquired a capable goaltender for under one million per year. General manager Glen Sather got things started right from a Blueshirts perspective and I must admit that I am impressed by what Slats was able to pull off here

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