Martin Biron

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Martin Biron
Martin Biron Rangers.jpg
Biron during the 2010-11 NHL season as a member of the Rangers.
Born(1977-08-15) August 15, 1977 (age 36)
Lac-Saint-Charles, QC, CAN
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CaughtLeft
Played forBuffalo Sabres
Philadelphia Flyers
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
National team Canada
NHL Draft16th overall, 1995
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career1995–2013
 
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Martin Biron
Martin Biron Rangers.jpg
Biron during the 2010-11 NHL season as a member of the Rangers.
Born(1977-08-15) August 15, 1977 (age 36)
Lac-Saint-Charles, QC, CAN
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CaughtLeft
Played forBuffalo Sabres
Philadelphia Flyers
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
National team Canada
NHL Draft16th overall, 1995
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career1995–2013

Martin Gaston Biron (born August 15, 1977) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey goaltender. Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the first half of his sixteen-year National Hockey League career with the Sabres, later having stints with the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, and New York Rangers. He now works as an analyst on MSG.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Buffalo Sabres[edit]

Martin Biron in goal for Buffalo.

Biron started his hockey career on the Beauport Harfangs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).Biron made his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres on December 26, 1995.[2] After posting a 5.04 goals against average, with no wins and two losses during the 1995–96 season, he was sent back to the QMJHL to improve. After the 2000–01 season, he was a consistent goaltender for the Sabres as his play in the crease improved drastically.[citation needed]

Biron, along with Rob Ray and Dominik Hašek, was one of the three Sabres against whom, in three consecutive years, the NHL made a specific rule. After NHL statisticians discovered a bug in their new stat-tracking software, the "Biron rule" restricted jersey numbers to whole numbers between 1 and 99 (later limited to numbers between 1 and 98 after the league-wide retirement of number 99 for Wayne Gretzky). Biron was the only NHL player affected as only he wore "00" at the time. (Goaltender John Davidson also wore 00 during his playing career, without rebuke, at various points in his playing career between 1973 and 1983.) Upon his return to the NHL three seasons later, Biron switched to number 43, a number he has worn ever since.

Biron became the Sabres' starting goaltender after Hašek's departure from Buffalo in 2001 and held the position until the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Biron has always been a fan favorite in Buffalo and although he no longer plays there, he currently resides in the city during the offseason.[3]

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

Biron with the Flyers during the 2008-09 NHL season.

After losing the number one goaltending job to youngster Ryan Miller, Biron requested a trade from the Sabres on June 26, 2006, in an effort to receive more playing time. Finally, on February 27, 2007, the Sabres traded Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second round draft pick.[4]

On March 27, 2007, Biron signed a two-year, $7 million contract extension with the Flyers to be the starting goalie in Philadelphia. After appearing in 62 games and recording 30 wins in the 2007–08 season, he led the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals, losing in five games to the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins. He appeared in 55 games for the Flyers in the 2008-09 NHL Season, winning 29 and helping the Flyers to the 5th overall seed in the Eastern Conference.

New York Islanders[edit]

Biron with the Islanders

On July 1, 2009, Biron entered free agency. He was soon left in a difficult position after the Flyers signed goaltenders Ray Emery and Brian Boucher, while other teams quickly filled up their goaltending roster needs. Biron soon signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the New York Islanders on July 22, 2009,[5] joining goaltenders Dwayne Roloson and Rick DiPietro. In 29 appearances, Biron recorded 9 wins to go with 14 losses and 4 overtime losses, with a 3.27 goals against average and .896 save percentage. The Islanders did not qualify for the post-season.

New York Rangers[edit]

On July 1, 2010, Biron signed a two-year, $1.75 million deal with the New York Rangers, where he prepared to back up Swedish starter Henrik Lundqvist. Biron is one of four players in NHL history to skate for all three teams based in the state of New York. The others were Mike Donnelly and former teammates Jason Dawe and Pat LaFontaine, Biron will have played almost his entire career in the state of New York, except for a brief 2½-year stint with the Philadelphia Flyers.

On February 28, 2011, Biron fractured his collarbone during practice, and was forced to miss the remainder of the 2010–2011 season. While Biron played the shortest number of games (17) since his second NHL season in 1998-99, he posted career highs in save percentage (.923) and goals against average (2.13).[6][dated info] On June 29, 2012 Biron re-signed with the New York Rangers. The one-way contract is worth $2.6 million over two years, working out to an average of $1.3 million per year.[citation needed]

On October 14, 2013, the Rangers placed Biron on waivers after a poor start to the season,[7] and the following day he was assigned to play with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.[8] Biron announced his retirement via social media on October 20, 2013, choosing retirement over playing in the minor leagues.[9] He ended his career with a 230-191-25-27 record, 2.61 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.[10]

Family[edit]

His younger brother Mathieu plays for the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLTOTLMINGASOGAASV%
1994–95Beauport HarfangsQMJHL5629169319313232.48
1995–96Beauport HarfangsQMJHL5529177320715012.84.897
1995–96Buffalo SabresNHL30201191005.04.844
1996–97Beauport HarfangsQMJHL1861019356213.98.895
1996–97Hull OlympiquesQMJHL1611419724322.65.915
1997–98South Carolina StingraysECHL201186302.09.929
1997–98Rochester AmericansAHL4114186231211352.93.907
1998–99Buffalo SabresNHL61212811002.14.917
1998–99Rochester AmericansAHL5236133312910862.07.930
1999–00Rochester AmericansAHL66003441212.09.924
1999–00Buffalo SabresNHL411918222299052.42.909
2000–01Rochester AmericansAHL4310239411.00.955
2000–01Buffalo SabresNHL187719183922.55.909
2001–02Buffalo SabresNHL72312810408515142.22.915
2002–03Buffalo SabresNHL5417286317013542.56.908
2003–04Buffalo SabresNHL5226185297212522.52.913
2005–06Buffalo SabresNHL35218319349312.88.905
2006–07Buffalo SabresNHL19124110665403.04.899
2006–07Philadelphia FlyersNHL166829354703.02.908
2007–08Philadelphia FlyersNHL6230209353915352.59.918
2008–09Philadelphia FlyersNHL5529195317714622.75.915
2009–10New York IslandersNHL29914416348913.27.896
2009–10Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL2110124703.39.903
2010–11New York RangersNHL178609283302.13.923
2011–12New York RangersNHL21126212205022.46.904
2012–13New York RangersNHL62213361302.32.917
NHL totals5062301902527285431238282.60.911

Playoffs[edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLMINGASOGAASV%
1994–95Beauport HarfangsQMJHL16879033742.46
1995–96Beauport HarfangsQMJHL1912711356403.38
1996–97Hull OlympiquesQMJHL6313261903.50
1997–98Rochester AmericansAHL4132391604.02.885
1998–99Rochester AmericansAHL2012811674212.16.934
2007–08Philadelphia FlyersNHL179810495212.97.904
2008–09Philadelphia FlyersNHL6243751612.56.919
NHL totals23111214246822.87.908

International[edit]

YearTeamEvent GPWLTMINGASOGAASV%
1997CanadaWJC10001000.00.000
2003CanadaWCSelected, but did not play
Senior int'l totals00000000.00.000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ colleen.murphy. "MSG Networks Taps Martin Biron For Rangers Telecasts". Msg.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/sports/hockey/after-dreadful-road-trip-rangers-place-a-veteran-goalie-on-waivers.html?_r=0
  3. ^ Vogl, John (September 21, 2012). Biron among locked-out players biding their time. The Buffalo News. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Sabres deal Biron to Flyers, get Conklin". Canadian Press. 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Isles sign goalie Martin Biron to a one-year deal". National Hockey League. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  6. ^ Klein, Jeff Z. (February 28, 2011). "At Deadline, Rangers Are Unable to Fill Sudden Need". NY Times online. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Rangers place forward Asham, goaltender Biron on waivers". Tsn.ca. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  8. ^ "Asham, Biron Assigned to Hartford". Blueshirts United. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  9. ^ TSN.ca staff (29 October 2013). "BIRON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER 16 NHL SEASONS". TSN.ca. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Vinny Lecavalier Moved to First Line, Martin Biron Retires". 

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Preceded by
Jay McKee
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1995
Succeeded by
Erik Rasmussen