After beginning his fourth season with the New York Rangers as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist, the 36-year-old goalie was waived by the team last week. Going unclaimed off of waivers, Biron discussed his future with his family and ultimately decided to retire. He officially announced his retirement through his twitter account.
“After thinking about it it with my family, I've decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter. Thank you all for your support.” Biron tweeted.
The Sabres drafted Biron 16th overall in the first round of the 1995 NHL draft, and he would go on to have a solid nine seasons in a Buffalo uniform, servings as the Sabres starter from 2001 to 2004. In 300 games with the Sabres between 1995 and 2007, Biron posted a 134-115-29 record with a .909 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average, with 18 shutouts.
He also played four seasons with the Sabres AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, between 1997 and 2001. In 103 games with the Amerks, Biron had a 59-32-9 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.36 goals against average, and 13 shutouts. He set Amerks single season records during the 1998-1999 season with a .930 save percentage and a 2.07 goals against average. In 24 playoff games with the Amerks, Biron went 13-11-0 with a .925 save percentage and a 2.48 goals against average, with one shutout
After Ryan Miller effective became the Sabres starting goalie in 2005, Biron was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2007 trade deadline. Biron would serve as the Flyers starting goalie from 2007 to 2009, playing 133 games with the team. During his time with the Flyers, Biron had a 65-47-13 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.71 goals against average, while posting seven shutouts. He also played 23 playoff games with the Flyers, with an 11-12-0 record with two shutouts, a .908 save percentage, and a 2.87 goals against average.
After parts of three seasons with the Flyers, Biron would play one season with the New York Islanders in 2009-2010. In 29 games with the Islanders that year, Biron had a 9-14-4 record with a .896 save percentage and a 3.27 goals against average. He also had one shutout with the Islanders that season.
After one and done with the Islanders, Biron would join the New York Rangers in 2010, where he primarily served as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist. In his first three seasons with the Rangers between 2010 and 2013, Biron played 44 games and posted a 22-14-3 record with .913 save percentage, a 2.32 goals against average, and two shutouts. Just before the 2013-2014 season, Biron would miss most of training camp and the pre-season due to personal reasons. Rejoining the team in time for the start of the season, Biron struggled early on, appearing in two games (starting in one) and going 0-1-0 with a .763 save percentage and a 7.61 goals against average. After subsequently being placed on waivers and then going unclaimed, Biron could have been sent to Hartford Wolf Pack (the Rangers AHL affiliate), but he instead decided to call it a career.
Biron finishes his NHL career having played 508 games with a 230-191-25-27 record (25 ties and 27 overtime/shootout losses), a .910 save percentage, 2.62 goals against average, and 28 shutouts. He is one of only 12 goalies in NHL history with a career save percentage of .910 or higher while having played in 500 or more games. He is also one of only five NHL players to ever play for all three New York Teams (Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, and New York Islanders), along with Taylor Pyatt, Jason Dawe, Mike Donnelly, and Pat LaFontaine.