By Mike Harrington
Martin Biron's career started as a baby-faced 18-year-old with the Sabres on Dec. 26, 1995. It ended today with a simple two-sentence tweet announcing his retirement. Biron had been placed on waivers by the New York Rangers and returned to his Clarence home to ponder his next career move, which almost certainly has to include broadcasting in either French or English (or both).
The guy is as locquacious and funny as they come, and I haven't had anywhere near the dealings with him as some of my colleagues because I didn't come on the Sabres beat until 2007. But ask any of them who their favorite all-time Sabres are and Biron comes near the top of the list all the time.
Wish I could find the clip of him being a chatterbox on the bench during the '06 playoffs. It was classic stuff where he taunted Carolina's Eric Staal for tripping over the blue line.
(UPDATE: Through the magic of Twitter, h/t to @Topshelfcookies for finding the Biron-Staal clip):
Here's a recent MSG session from Rangers practice.
Biron took over the Sabres' net from Dominik Hasek fulltime in the 2001-02 season and held the job until Ryan Miller took over during the memorable 2005-06 campaign. With Miller entrenched, Biron was traded to Philadelphia at the deadline in 2007 and even led the Flyers to an Eastern Conference final. He then spent a year with the Islanders and his final three as Henrik Lundqvist's backup in New York.
Biron struggled mightily this season, allowing three goals on five shots last Saturday in St. Louis in his final appearance after getting nailed for five in a relief role Oct. 8 at San Jose (including Thomas Hertl's between-the-legs special). He had a 7.61 goals-against average and .763 save percentage and new coach Alain Vigneault didn't think he could back up any longer. Biron opted to call it quits rather than go to the AHL. Can't blame him for that.
Biron was a heck of a goalie but we'll certainly remember him here almost as much for the infamous 2007 brawl with Ottawa when he fought Ray Emery. We always love an excuse to play this one.
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