Greenburgh, NY, United States (4E Sports) – After a 1-4-0 start, the New York Rangers shook up their roster, placing backup goaltender Martin Biron and winger Arron Asham on waivers.
Both are expected to report to New York AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack if no other NHL team claims either of them by noon Tuesday.
Biron said he will take time to discuss that decision with family members, who are in Buffalo. If he is not claimed, Biron could hang up his skates and retire.
“I don’t know. I think there are many options ahead of me. I was just put on waivers, so we’ll see what happens with that,” Biron said. “It’s not the best-case scenario, obviously, but I’m going to be all right and I’m going to figure it all out.”
“Obviously, I have to take some time to think about it,” Biron said. “We’ll see. I’ll talk to the family and get some advice from many different people.”
Asham said he had an idea the move was possible but said there were “no hard feelings” between him and the organization.
Should Biron clear waivers and accept his re-assignment, his adjusted cap charge while playing in the AHL would be $375,000. Asham’s would be a more modest hit of $75,000.
Vigneault said Biron’s $1.3 million salary was not a contributing factor in the decision, though Biron indicated otherwise.
Biron surrendered four goals before his removal in the team’s 5-3 loss to St. Louis on Saturday. And though his numbers are also a reflection of the team’s overall struggles, his goals-against average (7.61) and save percentage (.763) are unsightly.
“It’s a performance-based business and the organization felt Marty’s first two performances were not what we expected, [so] we decided to put him on waivers,” Vigneault said.
The Rangers are looking at Cam Talbot to replace Biron as the team’s backup netminder. He competed with Biron for the backup job in training camp.
The 26-year-old Talbot is 2-0-1 in three starts for the Wolf Pack this year with a 2.54 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. His cap hit would be approximately $562,500.