NHL Free Agents 2010: New York Rangers Sign Martin Biron as Backup

Matthew CalamiaCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2010

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 08:  Martin Biron #43 of the New York Islanders keeps his eye on the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on April 8, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins defeated the Islanders 7-3.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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According to multiple sources, the Rangers have made the first splash in free agency, signing goaltender Martin Biron to backup Henrik Lundqvist. Reports say the deal is two years for under $900,000.

Biron spent last season in New York playing for the Islanders, with a record of 9-14-4 in 29 games. The former first-round pick has also spent time with Buffalo and Philadelphia over his 14-year career.

Reports indicated that the Flyers were also interested in bringing Biron back to Philadelphia, but ultimately the Rangers' offer was enticing enough to come to Broadway.

I'm not thrilled about this deal.

Many reporters and fans really wanted Biron, but I'm always shaky to take on a former Islander or Devil. I personally wanted to see Johan Hedberg as the backup. He's been a starter for most of his career, and could step in for an extended period of time if Lundqvist gets injured.

All in all, though, this is a solid signing. A backup goaltender was definitely the top priority for the Rangers going into this off-season.

More to come, for sure.