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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Martin Biron

(Born August 15, 1977) -- There have been better goalies than Martin Biron who wore the Buffalo Sabres uniform. There has never been a more talkative goalie than Martin Biron.

Who else would give Hockey Night in Canada an interview by the bench in Montreal as a backup just before the opening faceoff?

It’s been 17 years since Biron first became part of the Sabres’ organization. He was the team’s first-round draft choice in 1995. Biron played a few games as an emergency recall in 1995-96, but eventually worked his way up to stay. The goalie tried to wear #00 as a Sabre, but the NHL’s computers wouldn’t accept it. He had to settle for #43.

In 2006, after losing the starting job to Ryan Miller, Biron was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Then in 2009, he jumped to the New York Islanders as a free agent.

In 2010, Biron was a free agent again, and jumped to the New York Rangers. There he’s been a good backup for Henrik Lundqvist.

--- Budd Bailey

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