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from Matthew Coller of WGR 550,
Sitting across from Marty Biron at a small circular table with barstool-style chairs that watch over the empty HarborCenter ice, it finally makes sense how a guy who was playing hockey less than 800 days ago for the New York Rangers has become one of the NHL’s best analysts. It’s clear now how a bilingual, high-pitched speed talker made the transition from player to sportscaster look so smooth - how a middle-of-the-road goalie who never sniffed an All-Star Game now has a chance to become one of the best of all time behind the microphone.
After a few minutes of talking with the former Sabre goaltender, you realize that his mind doesn’t work like yours. His brain is systematic, like there are gears and levers that shift automatically inside his head at a higher rate than most of us can imagine. Ask him a question and his mind flips through catalogs of thousands of experiences until he finds the one he’s looking for and spews it out with the same sort of natural reflex in which most of us blink. And he does it with a grin fit for an elementary school picture.
Goalies are trained like Jason Bourne from the time they clomp out onto the ice as toddlers to repeat the same motions over and over and over, to visualize and go over every possible scenario, to create muscle memory by picturing the angle, every move, every shooter’s tendencies. Marty’s wiry fingers take the form of glove and twitch while he talks hockey.
“There are a large number of goalies that get into broadcasting, I think because the game unfolds right in front of them,” co-host of NHL Network’s “NHL Live” EJ Hradek says. “They’re always reading where the play is going to be, part of the job is almost to be an analyst in net.”
Word is Biron will take a broadcasting job soon.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
NYR and Martin Biron agree to a 2 year deal worth a total of $2.6M, AAV of $1.3M.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
While the Rangers will join tomorrow in the courtship of 21-year-old University of Wisconsin free agent defenseman Justin Schultz, the club will continue negotiations with Martin Biron aimed at keeping the backup netminder on Broadway and off the free agent market.
“We have had several positive discussions with the Rangers that are hopefully headed in the right direction, because Marty’s first choice is to remain in New York,” Biron’s agent, Peter Fish, told The Post yesterday. “The Rangers have made it clear that they want to keep him, but there is still some work to be done.”
...there are few attractive alternatives on the market should Biron, who will turn 35 in August, get away. The Devils’ Johan Hedberg would likely cost more than Biron and probably would not be satisfied with that small a workload. The same considerations apply to the Panthers’ Scott Clemmensen.
Other potential backups on the market include the Islanders’ Al Montoya, the Penguins’ Brent Johnson and the Jets’ Chris Mason, not one of whom would bring the level of comfort to the organization provided by Biron.
But the shot by Tim Connolly was ruled no goal on the ice and multiple angles never shows the puck crossing the line.
Rangers goaltender Marty Biron did a fine job of covering the puck and also blocking-out all the cameras.
I wonder if the call on the ice was goal would the situation room overruled the call?
TSN UFA Tracker has him with the Rangers and I understand they will soon announce the deal.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette at Faceoff.com,
If the Canadiens decide to shed one of their young goaltenders during the offseason, there’s a veteran goaltender who just might jump at the idea of serving as a backup/mentor to whichever goaltender remains with the team.
We’re talking about the Islanders’ Marty Biron, who is making the most of a discouraging season with a strong finish. He is 7-1-2 in his last nine starts after posting a 4-3 shootout win over the Canadiens last night.
There’s a certain amount of self-interest when media folks talk about having Biron in your home city. That’s because the 32-year-old native of Lac St. Charles is one of the best interviews in the league in either of Canada’s official languages.
Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN discuss possible destinations for Marty Turco and Marty Biron…
Burnside: The one team I look at and wonder about needing or wanting a veteran presence is Los Angeles. The Kings are on fire and I think a lock to make the playoffs. But remember what happened to a good Montreal team in 2008 that entrusted its playoff goaltending chores to untested youngsters Price and Halak—the Habs narrowly beat eighth-seed Boston and then lost in five to a less-talented Philadelphia team in large part because Price and Halak couldn’t handle the pressure….
LeBrun: Well, right now, the word out of Long Island is Snow isn’t getting offered more than a third-rounder for Biron, which seems absurd to me. But I guess it speaks to the market place. As for the Kings, while I agree with your premise, especially with Biron because he’s a cheaper cap hit, I’m told the Kings have lukewarm interest.
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
A month from now, Biron could be part of a three-man goalie rotation on Long Island. Biron has been splitting the duties with Dwayne Roloson, who is in the first year of a two-year, $5 million contract.
Rick DiPietro, who signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract three years ago, is practicing again after missing a year with a knee injury. Isles coach Scott Gordon said DiPietro has been on the ice every other day. Once DiPietro feels ready, he’ll begin working out with the team in earnest.
Isles coach Scott Gordon wouldn’t give a time table, but there’s a good chance DiPietro will return in early December. Something will have to give. Isles General Manager Garth Snow knew that when he signed Biron in late July, giving him three capable NHL goalies. The Isles will need to trade a goalie, and Biron is the obvious candidate.
It’s equally clear that the Sabres need a more reliable backup goaltender. Ryan Miller started for the 11th time in 12 games Wednesday night. Coach Lindy Ruff claims to have confidence in Patrick Lalime, but his actions suggest otherwise.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Biron investigated a similar option in Buffalo. Backup Patrick Lalime was coming off a down year and two offseason surgeries. Starter Ryan Miller is scheduled to play for Team USA in the Olympics. Biron saw a team that likely would give him ample starts in the crease.
“We were fairly serious,” Biron said of talks with the Sabres. “Negotiations are what they are. To be honest with you, this wasn’t about money, not anything other trying to get a fit into where I would be able to play and compete, put myself in the position where on January 1 I can look for a long-term deal with the organization that I’m with, or come July 1 next year I’m at the top level where I was last year.
“This was a very unique year just because of the Olympic year, because there’s a lot of games. I knew that a situation like Buffalo would have been a situation where I would have gotten to play some games, maybe more than usual. But at the same time, this situation [in New York] was giving me the best chance to play on a regular basis.
“I was very excited about possibly having a chance to come back, but in the end, you make sacrifices to be at the top level you can.”
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
It isn’t often that I get a phone call from Martin Biron.
Actually, over a half-century of covering hockey I’ve never received a buzz on the buzzer from any NHL goalie; at least not out of the blue like this one….
Biron-Roloson will open the campaign, and if I were to turn Marty’s feelings into a hit song, it would be “That’s Quite Alright With Me.”
Or, to put it directly into his final words before our conversation concluded: “I like the way the (young) Islanders are shaping up. When I was with the Flyers, the Islanders always gave us trouble; always hustled; always worked. Last year, with all their injuries and whatnot, they’d lose games by a goal. With our goaltending now, and a healthy team, we could be winning those games by a goal. This is going to be a fun season for me.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Islanders won’t be caught short again.
Ensuring stability in nets regardless of the state of Rick DiPetro’s health, the Islanders have signed free agent goaltender Martin Biron to a one-year, $1.4 million steal of a deal, The Post has learned.
The New York Islanders today announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with goaltender, Martin Biron.
“Adding Marty gives us three bona-fide number one goalies,” said Garth Snow, General Manager, New York Islanders. “We learned about the importance of stability in our line-up from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter.”
from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,
Did Martin Biron price himself out of a job in the NHL? Looks like it.
Eleven days into the free agent season and virtually every team has filled their starter and backup jobs for 2009-10.
So Biron may have to look for a job in Europe or the Kontinental League. Same with the other NHL proven UFA goalies Manny Fernandez, Manny Legace, Martin Gerber, Brent Johnson, Joey MacDonald, Curtis Sanford, Wade Dubielewicz and Kevin Weekes. That’s nine looking-for-work stoppers and a shrunken market.
Here are the new goaltender jobs this summer:
Boston has top prospect Tuukka Rask as backup….
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
We’ve hardly been kind to Martin Biron in this forum.
We’ve allowed our bitterness towards his former team wipe out any objectivity we might display in our little corner of the Internet.
But despite our bias against the Flyers, we have to admit, he’s an above average goaltender. We’ll even say he’s a good goaltender.
He’s not someone who will help you win a Stanley Cup. The past two seasons have established that. But he’s definitely good enough to get you to the playoffs and he can even win a round or two. You could do far worse than having Martin Biron in between the pipes.
That’s what makes his continued unemployment a little bit startling to us.
via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,
Just spoke with Marty Biron, who is on his way to Buffalo with his faily.
Biron said he is “a little surprised” he has not signed a contract with an NHL team in the first three days of the NHL signing period, but also said he has had discussions with teams and hopes to sign with one of them soon.
“I’m waiting for some options to open up,” he said.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
But who will be the Flyers’ No. 1 goalie at the start of the 2009-10 regular season? Holmgren and Biron acknowledged it could be two months before that question is answered.
“I think Marty is a good goalie and I think he had a good couple years here,” Holmgren said. “If we move forward with him, that will be a decision we make in the next little while.”
At 31, Biron is coming off his second full season as the Flyers’ starter. He ranked 13th in the NHL in wins (29), 25th in goals-against average (2.76) and 17th in save percentage (.915).
But the numbers that will define whether Biron stays in Philadelphia will be his average salary and the number of years he is seeking on a new contract.
At $3.5 million, Biron ranked 19th among NHL goalies this season, just below Dwayne Roloson’s $3.667 million. Roloson, who is 39, had almost identical numbers to Biron this season with 28 wins, a 2.77 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
In other words, Biron’s market value is probably exactly what he’s making now. That could be a sticking point is his insistence on a long-term contract.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Bottom line, after one period it was 0-0. And the Penguins had expended an awful lot of adrenaline. “With Marty playing like he did, he allowed us to regroup between periods,” Stevens said. “He really gave us a shot of confidence that allowed us to get back to playing.’
They go back to playing tomorrow afternoon at the Wachovia Center. They still trail in this series, but they have been the better team over the last three games. Not by much, not by more than a big save here, a hit post there. But this series is now close enough to steal, close enough that one man, one play, could ultimately decide it. That might frighten some goalies. If nothing else, Biron has proven he’s not one of them.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Goalie Marty Biron says he wants to remain with the Flyers, but his performance down the stretch and in the playoffs probably will determine whether they want him.
A potential unrestricted free agent, Biron is in the final season of a $3.5 million contact. After an inconsistent first half, Biron steadied himself and played solidly before sluggish performances in his last four starts.
Biron, who carried the Flyers into the Eastern Conference finals last year, has a 27-17-5 record, 2.80 goals-against average, and .914 save percentage this season.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
Since Bernie Parent was minding the net during the Broad Street Bullies era of the mid-seventies, the Flyers haven’t had a sniff of the Stanley Cup and often goaltending was high on the list of explanations.
For the latest act, the team will turn to Martin Biron, who prior to 2007-08 hadn’t even started a playoff game in his nine NHL seasons.
“I’m not a person who gets extremely high or extremely low,” Biron said of the expectations that await. “I try to charge my emotion the right way. I’m not going to go out and say: ‘My confidence is sky high.’ Confidence comes with preparation: The rest falls into place.”
from Jack McCaffery of the Delco Times,
Until there is a more fundamental reason to arm himself with padding and stand before rubber hockey bullets, Marty Biron will try to provide the Flyers with the only service a goaltender can: A last resort.
It wasn’t supposed to come to that already —- and it may not have reached that point yet. But it has been heading that way at slapshot speed for a 31-year-old goalie with dwindling chances that he will still be one of Flyers consequence come age 32.
Highly compensated now but with no contract beyond the end of this season, Biron slowly but clearly has been sliding from the Flyers’ long-term plans —- that despite his gymnastics last spring, which helped open access to the NHL’s Final Four.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Goaltenders have an unusual relationship with their equipment. Some pieces—like Biron’s skates and pants—are preserved and protected like a favorite childhood blanket. Others are changed as often as a car’s oil.
In the case of Biron, he’ll typically go through three sets of leg pads, four catching gloves, four blockers, two chest pads and two sets of arm pads in a season.
Right now, Biron is breaking in a new catching glove in practice, while in games he still uses the one that worked so well for him in the playoffs last season.
“Probably in another week or so I’ll start using it in games,” Biron said.
“In practice I love it. In a game situation, you don’t have time to think.”
The same goes for Biron’s blocker.
“My new one feels really good in practice, but if you use it in a game and misplay the puck, it’s in the net,” he said. “You need to make sure you’re really into it.”
from Mike Sielski of phillyBurbs,
Maybe this is unfair to Biron, the man most responsible for the Flyers reaching this point. There isn’t a goaltender in the NHL who would be expected to stop Malkin on a 3-on-2, or on a shorthanded breakaway. Malkin’s winning and insurance goals fall on Biron’s teammates more than they fall on him. Nevertheless, it’s still the truth: Biron has to be sensational for the Flyers to beat a team with as much talent as the Penguins. He has to make the same saves that he made against the Capitals and the Canadiens. Then he has to make some more.
At a minimum, he can’t do what he did with just less than six minutes left in the first period. He can’t transform an innocent Pittsburgh dump-in into an easy goal for Crosby, can’t afford to be so cavalier at such a crucial moment
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Nords fans still talk about the Good Friday brawl in 1984 at the Montreal Forum: fourteen fights. So many, in fact, that referee Bruce Hood lost track of who was tossed from the game and who was not.
“My parents still talk about that game,” Biron said. “How the Canadiens cheated. It runs deep. People who are Quebec fans will always be Nordiques fans. It runs deep within families. They will always have that feeling inside them.”
Biron has that feeling deep inside him as well whenever he sees that “CH” crest of the Canadiens.
“Funny, but Marty never talks about it,” said Danny Briere, admitting that he never knew his former Buffalo roommate painted his face blue and white as a child.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Ovechkin fetched the loose puck and slid it back to Green. This time, Green fired a shot over Biron’s glove hand to tie the game at 4.
It was a good shot. A shutdown goaltender - a wartime goaltender - stops it.
It isn’t time to overreact. This isn’t Roman Cechmanek wandering around while opponents fire pucks into his empty net. It was Biron’s first playoff game, and he acknowledged a case of nerves.
“There were some jitters early in the game,” Biron said. “We’ve got to get into our rhythm.”
Flyers coach John Stevens, asked merely to evaluate Biron’s play, immediately took the opportunity to mute possible criticism. He has a series here, after all.
“Obviously you have a 4-2 lead there,” Stevens said. “Guys stepped in and teed up from some difficult places to see. . . . We’re in this together here.”
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia News,
“The key is always more emphasis on the goaltender. If we believe it or not, it’s always going to be that way and goalies are always going to be at the forefront of the playoffs because it’s an important position.”
Good thing Biron knows that, because the Flyers’ playoff hopes rest on his shoulders, particularly against Washington. The best-of-seven series will open tonight at the Verizon Center.
Stacked together, the Flyers and the Capitals match up very well. Each has a crop of scoring forwards, though Washington does have Ovechkin, a player who can take over a game by himself.