Martin Biron Rejoins Rangers for Training Camp After Personal Absence
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New York Rangers backup goaltender Martin Biron has rejoined the team for the remainder of training camp after missing the first two days due to "personal reasons", according to ESPNNewYork.com and Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record.
Biron had to return to Buffalo, New York where his family lives in the offseason.
Wide speculation was made when Biron was not present at camp and former New Jersey Devils backup goaltender Johan Hedberg arrived to the Rangers camp on a professional tryout (PTO). Hedberg is still slated to practice with the team today, despite Biron's return.
Gross reports that Hedberg is unsure of what future he may have with the Rangers, but wanted to explore the opportunity nonetheless.
"I was sitting at home and I got the call I can come here, I thought it was a great opportunity I wanted to explore. I don’t have much more information than that."
Hedberg admits he has "no idea" what he is competing for at camp—Henrik Lundqvist has obviously locked up the starting goaltending responsibilities, and Biron's return makes any shot at Hedberg earning a roster spot slim-to-none.
Biron opened up slightly regarding his absence to the media.
"It was something I had to take care of at home and, obviously, I talked to the coaching staff, I talked to Alain (Vigneault) and I explained it a little bit and he was very helpful in allowing me to go back for a few days and I was very grateful for that to the organization."
Any belief that Biron is not mentally or physically ready to compete due to the issue was put to rest.
"I am here 100 percent. I'm where I need to be. I'm focused."
The Rangers first preseason game is Monday, September 16 versus the New Jersey Devils.
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