After being put on waivers and clearing waivers by the New York Rangers, long-time NHL netminder Martin Biron has decided to hang up his pads rather than report to the AHL. Biron made the announcement today via twitter.
After thinking about it it with my family, I’ve decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter. Thank you all for your support.
— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) October 20, 2013
The Rangers placed Biron on waivers after a couple of rough outings to begin the season after backing up Henrik Lundqvist for the previous 4 season’s. Biron played 16 years in the NHL after being selected 16th overall in the 1995 NHL draft, but at 36 he’s decided to
move on to the next stage of his life.
Martin Biron spent time with the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. He amassed over 230 career wins and 28 shutouts throughout his 16 year career and ranks 59th in all-time wins. Throughout his 16 years he put up five career 20-win seasons and two 30-win campaigns.
Biron wore the blue and gold with the Sabres for 7 seasons after taking the net from Dominik Hasek and then giving the crease to Ryan Miller in the 2005-2006 season. Following his career with the Sabres he moved on to life with the Flyers and led them to the Eastern Conference Finals before heading over to the Islanders.
Martin Biron was one heck of a goaltender and was beloved by Sabres’ fans right through to his retirement. Whether it’s his charming sense of humour or his fists in fights, Biron just has an ability to win anyone over. Here are some highlights from Biron’s career between the pipes, his time in the Winter Classic and who could forget his famous fight with Ray Emery?
After Martin Biron announced his retirement on twitter support came flowing in from many NHL players and Ryan Miller even chimed in.
A great career @martybiron43 Best of luck.
— Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller3039) October 20, 2013
What’s next for Biron is unknown but his future will undoubtedly involve some time analyzing hockey in some way or another. Can Martin Biron join the Buffalo Sabres broadcast family?
Thanks for all the memory Martin Biron and happy trails!