“After thinking about it it with my family, I've decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter,” Biron Tweeted. “ Thank you for all your support.”
The decision by Biron came after the 16-year veteran was demoted by the New York Rangers who re-assigned the netminder to their AHL affiliate, Hartford Wolfpack.
Biron had played as Henrik Lundqvist’s understudy for the last three-seasons finishing 22-15-3 with two shutouts in 46 regular season appearances.
While he often played as the lesser-half of a team's goaltending tandem, Biron helped the Philadelphia Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008, a series they lost in five games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Biron finished the 2007-2008 season with 30 wins and .918 SV%, his best of a three-year stay with the Flyers.
Unfortunately for now, the most memorable moment recently would be the between-the-legs goal by San Jose's Tomas Hertl that found the back of the net over Biron's shoulder. After Lundqvist was beat on four shots, Biron came in as relief, only to give up five of his own.The last start for Biron was a 5-3 St. Louis win on Oct. 12.
Biron, 36, played 506 NHL games and ended his career with 230 wins and 28 shutouts. He was drafted 16th overall in 1995 by the Buffalo Sabres.
The announcement by Biron wasn’t surprising, but a reminder of how quickly things can change, whether you’re expecting them to or not.
Across the river and not very far from where Biron used to play in New York City, another goaltender may be finding something in common with his former-rival. While their careers have been polar opposites of one another, the twilight of their careers has become something neither of them can avoid.
When Gary Bettman announced that the New Jersey Devils had traded with Vancouver for goaltender Cory Schneider at the 2013 NHL Draft, everyone knew it was the first step towards building a future for the Devils once Martin Brodeur was ready to hang them up.
Not four-months after that announcement, Cory Schneider looks ready to take the reins.
Starting off the season without a win in their first seven games, it was Schneider who finally broke the egg in the Devils win column with a 4-0 defeat on Saturday over the Metropolitan Division, New York Rangers. It was the Devils first time back at the Prudential Center since their Oct. 4 home-opener against the New York Islanders.
With Martin Brodeur struggling and Cory Schneider showing he is ready to excel, Pete DeBoer announced his Tuesday night starter shortly after Saturdays shutout-victory.
The Devils will face the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time since realignment forced them to become divisional foes.
And while Brodeur may have won the battle against Sergei Bobrovsky as EA Sports cover boy this summer, he has yet to beat out Schneider as the go-to goalie.
Brodeur’s contract, and likely his career,will end when the Devils season ends this year but it’s going a different way than we had all imagined.
The man who turned this organization upside down since arriving is about to take a backseat. While he may still remain important to the Devils, it's almost time to believe that the farewell at the end of this season, while emotional, will be a little easier to let go from a business standpoint than we might have thought it would be just two seasons ago.
A season in which Brodeur lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals for the fifth, and most likely, the last time.