Monday, February 28, 2011

Rangers Lose Martin Biron To Broken Collarbone, Talbot Recalled

With everyone focused on the trade deadline today and the lack of fireworks that ended up being for the most part, we all lost sight of New York Rangers practice which will clearly go down as the bigger story.  Per Andrew Gross the Rangers have lost backup goaltender Martin Biron indefinitely to a broken collarbone that he suffered during practice today.  In his place the team has called up Cameron Talbot, who is just coming off his own high ankle sprain, to really warm the bench behind Henrik Lundqvist.

This is a huge blow to the Rangers because not only has Biron been a more than capable backup with 8-6 record, 2.13 goals against average and .923 save percentage.  Beyond just the numbers, Biron has been very important to the plan of getting Henrik Lundqvist more rest so that they did not wear him out down the stretch and with him likely out for the rest of the regular season it means Lundqvist is likely to play all but one or two games the rest of the way.

According to Andrew Gross Sather did attempt to make a move for a backup goalie before the deadline, but the cost was too high.
“Sather says price to acquire another veteran backup was pretty high. Thinks backup will only play 1 or 2 games rest of the season.”