Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | September 12, 2011

Man of the Day 9/12: Martin Biron

Martin Gaston Biron

Born August 15, 1977 (age 34) in Lac-Saint-Charles, Quebec, Canada

Goaltender for the New York Rangers

A friend and I were talking about the blueshirts’ goalie tandem and I realized that, while we’ve spotlighted King Henrik before, we haven’t yet talked about his backup, Martin Biron. Biron’s been tending goal for quite a while and has been on all three of the New York teams! He started out doing major junior with the Beauport Harfangs in the QMJHL and was drafted by Buffalo in 1995. After a somewhat inauspicious NHL start, Buffalo sent him back down to the farm system to improve. He did, going back to Beauport, playing for the Hull Olympiques, the South Carolina Stingrays and the Rochester Americans before Buffalo brought him back into the crease. Then Biron became part of a computer bug. The NHL’s new stat-tracking software had its own version of the Y2K problem: it could only recognize the numbers 1 to 99 (later 1 to 98). Biron wore number 00. So he switched to number 43 and has used it since.

In Buffalo, once this youngblood Ryan Miller started playing more, Biron requested a trade. He went to Philadelphia in 2007 and led the Flyers to the conference finals and the fifth seed. He stayed for two years and then went into free agency, creating another difficult situation as the Flyers signed Brian Boucher and Ray Emery, plus other teams were filling their goalie rosters. So he went to the Islanders for a year, joining up with Rick DiPietro and Dwayne Roloson. Once his Islanders Year ended, he signed a two-year deal with the Rangers, so he became the fourth player in history to have played for all three New York teams.

Here he is as an Islander getting a bit rough with Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta. This one's for you, Vicky!

He fractured his collarbone in February and that ended his season. This season he appeared in 17 games, posting an 8-6 record (I guess he must have relieved Lundqvist for some of them, or vice versa, because 8 plus 6 does not equal 17 and he didn’t get any OTL or shutouts or anything), a 2.13 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He’ll definitely be with the Rangers next year, so they’ll continue having their goalie tandem with breathtaking blue eyes. (His little brother Mathieu, who right now plays defense for a team in Hamburg, Germany, also has the magnetizing peepers.)

Um, wow.

-Emma


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