The lure of unrestricted free agency this coming July 1st was never that great for goaltender Martin Biron. He and his family knew where they were most comfortable and where they hoped to be in the future.
And on Friday night Biron's wishes came true when he and the Rangers agreed to terms on a new contract, less than 48 hours before he could have become free to sign with any other team in the National Hockey League.
"It was at the top of my list priority-wise to get it done here," Biron told BlueshirtsUnited.com exclusively late Friday night. "It's just awesome. It's a great fit for me here and this is where I wanted to be, and where my family wanted to be. We are all so excited about it."
Biron has spent the last two years with the Rangers, after originally signing with the club as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010. He and Henrik Lundqvist have formed a solid 1-2 punch in the Rangers goal these past two seasons, with Lundqvist crediting Biron for helping him win his first Vezina Trophy this past season.
In his two seasons on Broadway, the 34 year-old Biron has appeared in 38 games in the Blueshirt, posting a 20-12-2 record, 2.32 goals against average, .912 save percentage, and two shutouts. This past season head coach John Tortorella lightended Lundqvist's load by having Biron appear in 21 games and the 11-year NHL veteran responded by winning 12 games, including his first two shutouts as a Ranger---on November 6th against Winnipeg at The Garden and January 14th in Toronto.
"Everyone who plays this game wants to win a Stanley Cup, and this year we were really close, but we still have some great years in front of us with the players and the group that's in place," said Biron. "I am really excited about this team, and I have had two great years with (Benoit Allaire) and Hank, too. It's just a great, great fit for me."
Biron has appeared in 500 games in his career, posting 228 wins and 28 shutouts as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, and the Rangers.
As teammates and fans have come to know, numbers only tell part of the story when it comes to Biron. The popular goaltender plays an extremely important role within the locker room, and his fun off-ice endeavors---like Biron's Journal here on BlueshirtsUnited.com---have helped bring the Blueshirts Faithful closer to the team itself.
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