May 2, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron (43) hugs New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) after the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals in game three in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Rangers won 2-1 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
I was a big fan of Martin Biron the past two years he was with the Rangers. He was very consistent, and more importantly knew his role on the team. He knew he’d never oust Henrik Lundqvist of his starting job and did all he could to make Henrik Lundqvist feel comfortable and play his best. This goalie tandem of Lundqvist and Biron has worked very well the past two years. It’s worked so well, in fact Biron could possibly see a better offer from another team.
Rumors are already swirling that the Flyers are interested in bringing him back to play back up goalie to Ilya “Mr. Universe” Bryzgalov. That isn’t a bad idea, and the Flyers could very well throw more money at Biron than the Rangers. Not to mention there are teams like the Oilers, Blue Jackets, and others that would love to have some stability in net.
This is all on Biron though. Is he happy with his role? Does he think he can still be a starter in the NHL? Depending on how he feels he could want a change of scenery and try to be a starting goalie again.
If another team pitches an offer the Rangers don’t want to match the Rangers should try to snag Jonas Gustavsson. I think he’s a goalie that has some upside, and can learn a thing or two from Lundqvist. I think “The Monster” as they call him, would be well suited for a backup role. There are plenty of options though if Biron leaves, and the Rangers don’t need to look far down the list of free agent goalies to find a suitable one.
My first option is to of course have Biron back. He earned a one year contract with his play the past two seasons.