by Patrick Hoffman on 08/29/11 at 07:38 PM ET
That should be one of John Tortorella’s goals heading into the 2011-12 NHL season.
When healthy, Biron was terrific last season. In 17 games, Biron went 8-6 with a 2.13 goals against average and a .923 save percentage, which are much better numbers than what previous back-up netminders did under starter Henrik Lundqvist the last few seasons.
When talking about Biron, it is easy to suggest that he make 20-25 starts. He may be 34 years old but this is a netminder that stays in shape, can go long stretches playing in many games and more importantly, can win hockey games.
With that said, Tortorella also knows that he has an absolute workhorse in Lundqvist. Lundqvist is someone who wants to play every single game and if it were up to him, it would certainly be that way.
What Lundqvist must understand is that with the high expectations placed on the team this season due acquisitions, signings and resignings, he is going to need to be at the top of his game all season long. One way to do that is to allow Biron to get more games in.
The question is, will Tortorella make that happen?
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