There’s good news and bad news. Let’s go with the bad news first.
The Rangers have a lot of breaks, and not the kind they can catch.
Just as the trade deadline hoopla was winding down this afternoon, Glen Sather announced that his team’s backup netminder — arguably the best and most reliable they’ve had in years — Martin Biron would be out for the season. Biron broke his collarbone during practice this morning after a hard shot hit him.
Not good news for Henrik Lundqvist who will be back to facing an extra heavy workload when the points count the most. And worse news for Zuccarello, Wolski and Christensen who now lose their shootout guru. Biron has been a great “shootout” coach from the bench this season to the delight of fans. Once a shooter spends a few seconds with him, the puck seems to float pass the opposing goaltender in style for a win.
Cam Talbot of the Connecticut Whale has been called up. He is 8-3-2 with a 2.42 goals against average in 13 games for Hartford this season. Connecticut has been the black and Blueshirts saving grace all season so hopefully this time is no different.
Now on to the good news. Brad Richards is still a Dallas Star. The Rangers haven’t sacrificed any of their young core for a desperate post-concussion “rental.” July 1 always made more sense in pursuing the center.
Rumor roundup: Andrew Gross of The Record wrote: “Sather said he didn’t have much time before the 3 o’clock deadline to try and acquire another veteran backup, plus, once teams learned of Biron’s injury, the asking price became too high.
‘A lot of people were interested in our young guys but we really didn’t want trade any of our kids,’ Sather said.”
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)