Then and Now: Martin Biron

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Four goaltenders were picked in the first round of the 1995 NHL Draft. Two of those goalies, J.S. Giguere and Marc Denis, never played for the Philadelphia Flyers. The other two went on to serve as the starting goaltender for Philly at one point in their careers. One of those goaltenders was Brian Boucher. The other goalie was Martin Biron.

Picked 16th overall by the Buffalo Sabres, Biron went on to see part-time duty for the organization between the seasons of 1995-1996 and 1998-1999.

In 1999-2000, Biron suited up in 41 games for the Sabres during the regular season, but didn’t get the nod for Buffalo in the opening round of the playoffs. Dominik Hasek started in net for the Sabres instead, as the club lost in five games to the top-seeded Flyers in the 2000 ECQF.

Hasek saw a lot more time for Buffalo the following season, as The Dominator played in 67 regular season games and all 13 of the team’s playoff tilts. Biron only saw 18 regular season games, as he posted a 2.55 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

In 2001-2001, the Sabres failed to make the playoffs with a record of 35-35-11-1. Biron was the starting goaltender, as he took part in 72 contests.

Biron was the starter again in 2002-2003 and in 2003-2004 before Ryan Miller took over in 2005-2006. In February of 2007, Biron was dealt to the Flyers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. With the pick for Biron, the Sabres selected T.J. Brennan, who is currently with the Florida Panthers.

His first 16 games with the Flyers came late in the 2006-2007 campaign. The netminder posted a record of 6-8-2 with a 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage.

The campaign of 2007-2008 was a pretty successful year for Biron and the Flyers. The former Sabre recorded his second-highest number of games played in a single season with 62, tied his career-high of shutouts in a single season with five, and set his career-high for a save percentage in a single season with .918. Biron went on to reset his career-high for save percentage in a single season with .923 with the New York Rangers in 2010-2011.

The 2008 NHL playoffs ended Biron’s seven-year drought without a playoff performance, as the goaltender played in all 17 of the Flyers’ games on their run to the Eastern Conference Finals. Biron finished 9-8 with one shutout and a .904 save percentage as well as a 2.97 GAA.


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In 2008-2009 Biron remained the Flyers’ starter and went 29-19-5 with two shutouts along with a .915 save percentage and a 2.76 GAA. Biron helped Philly finish fifth in the Eastern Conference to play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the ECQF in the 2009 NHL playoffs.

He went 2-4 in the Orange and Black’s six-game loss to the Pens, as Biron’s final shutout in the playoffs to date came in Game 5 of that series.


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Biron’s last ostseason game to date was the infamous Game 6 of the series.

Game 6 also marked Biron’s final contest in a Flyers’ uniform, as the netminder signed a one-year deal worth $1.4 million with the New York Islanders in the summer of 2009.

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Biron played 29 games for the Isles in 2009-2010, as Dwayne Roloson was the starter for New York and started in 50 games for a club that went 34-37-11.

The former Flyers’ goaltender left the Islanders for New York’s other squad in the summer of 2010, as he signed a two-year deal with the New York Rangers where he earned $875,000 in both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

Serving as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup, Biron posted an 8-6-0 record in 2010-2011 and set career-highs for a single season with a .923 save percentage and a 2.13 GAA.

In 2011-2012, Biron took part in four more games than he did the previous season to post a record of 12-6-2 along with two shutouts.

His strong play as a backup goaltender let him stay with the Rangers, as he signed a two-year extension where he earned $1.3 million this season and will earn the same next season.

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Biron only played in six of the 48 regular season games this year, as he went 2-2-1 with a save percentage of .917 and a GAA of 2.32.

The former Flyer will most likely see more playing time next year, as he will endure his fourth season as a Blueshirt.