Veteran goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement on Sunday, less than one week after clearing waivers and being assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack by the Rangers. The popular Biron spents parts of 16 seasons in the National Hockey League, including the last four as a member of the Rangers.
A first round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1995 NHL Draft, Biron played for the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, and New York Islanders before joining the Rangers prior to the 2010-11 season. He appeared in 46 games with the Rangers, including two this season, and posted a 22-15-3 record with a 2.47 goals against average and .908 save percentage as a member of the Blueshirts.
Two seasons ago Biron played a major role as the Rangers finished in first place in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the conference finals in the playoffs. Biron appeared in 21 games with the Rangers that season, going 12-6-2 with two shutouts, easing the work load on Henrik Lundqvist, who won the Vezina Trophy that season.
In total Biron appeared in 508 career games---ranking 59th on the NHL's all-time list for goaltenders. He posted 230 victories, which is 56th all-time. His 28 career shutouts rank 55th in NHL history.
Biron twice won 30 games in a season, backstopping a career-high 31 victories with the Sabres in 2001-02. He also won 30 games with the Flyers in 2007-08, the same year he recorded a career-best five shutouts.
As popular off the ice as he was skilled on it, Biron built a legacy as one of the league's most quoteable players and was a consistently positive locker room presence with each team he played for. He was fan favorite during his time with the Rangers, and his Biron's Journal video segments have been one of the most popular features on BlueshirtsUnited.com the past four years.