Martin Biron Signs with New York Rangers as Backup Goalie

New York Hockey DailyContributor 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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The Rangers have finally found a way to ensure that they won’t be forced to overwork goalie Henrik Lundqvist , as they have signed an experienced backup goalie in Martin Biron to a two-year, $1.7 million deal according to Larry Brooks of the NY Post.

Here is more from Brooks:

Biron, who will turn 33 next month, is a nine-year NHL veteran who recorded a 3.27 GAA going 9-14-4 for the Islanders last season after previous runs as a No. 1 with Buffalo and Philadelphia.

GM Glen Sather and head coach John Tortorella had focused on obtaining a quality veteran to support Henrik Lundqvist in order to reduce the King’s workload.

Lundqvist matched his career high of 72 starts last year, going 17 straight (and 24 of 25) down the stretch. The Rangers would like to keep their franchise goaltender to approximately 65 starts.

In addition to offered quality in goal, Biron is known throughout the league as an outstanding teammate with an excellent work ethic.

This is probably the best move the Rangers can make at this point because of their payroll flexibility, or lack of it. This could be a more of a minor move that pays off big time. Lundqvist is one of the most important pieces on this team, and his health and well-being are paramount. Without it, the Rangers are certainly bottom-dwellers.


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