After being waived last week by the New York Rangers, goaltender Martin Biron called it quits on his career on Sunday, making the announcement via his Twitter account.
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
With that, one of the better backups in the league goes on his merry way. Though it probably won't be the last time we see Biron around the NHL.
You will be hard-pressed to find anybody who'll say anything negative about Biron at all. He has been one of the better interviews across the league over the years, always smiling and approachable. He's as well-respected as a player gets in the NHL and given his engaging personality, it wouldn't be a surprise at all if television is in his future, either in French or English.
He wasn't a bad goaltender over his career either. Biron spent the first nine seasons of his career in Buffalo, starting 72 games for the Sabres in 2001-02 when he posted a .915 save percentage and 2.22 goals against average. His career also took him through Philadelphia where he started for two seasons, one season with the Islanders and then the past three-plus with the Rangers.
Unfortunately, the last memory that we'll have of Biron the goaltender will be on the receiving end of Tomas Hertl's goal heard 'round the world in San Jose earlier this season.
Biron finishes with 230 win, 191 losses and 52 overtime losses, a .910 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average.