Taking full advantage of the Bills' bye week, I hustled by HSBC Arena late this morning to interview Marty Biron, the effusive former Sabres goalie. Let me tell you, it was a lot more satisfying than listening to Dick Jauron's soporific weekly media address at One Bills Drive.
Biron was as engaging as ever, perhaps even more so. He shut out the Sabres on Saturday night. He was given a standing ovation when he relieved Dwayne Roloson here last month. His wife, Anne Marie, is due with their fourth child. Biron found out just last night that the baby will be a girl, his third.
Biron seemed happy to see me. But he informed the young Islanders reporter, Katie Strang, that I was the only reporter he ever had a fight with. I have no specific recollection of any fight. I'm sure it was a mild disagreement, which would qualify as a fight by Marty's standards. He told me the spat occurred during an especially bad stretch by the Sabres, when I asked him, "Are you trying to get Lindy fired?"
So naturally, when the real questioning began, I asked Biron, "You're 7-2-1 against the Sabres since leaving. Are you trying to get Lindy fired?"
Biron was asked if he'd ever had a standing ovation before the one he got in HSBC Arena last month when he relieved Dwayne Roloson in net. His said the only other time was in his first preseason game with the Sabres.
""But it was more for Dominik Hasek coming out," Biron said. "He made about 12 saves on his behind, with his skates up in the air. I skated on the ice and everybody cheered. I took it for me, but it was more for Dominik coming out. That was the only other time that ever happened.''