This season, Marty Biron has a record of 10-2-1 with 2 shutouts and a GAA of 2.03 and save percentage of .919.
Following the Rangers win over the Maple Leafs recently, John Tortorella talked about Biron on Hockey Night Live:
“I can’t even call him a back up. It’s not about getting Hank rest, it’s about a goalie getting a win for you. He is a perfect fit for where we are as a team. He is a good teammate and understands his role on the team. He has been a very big piece to us in the first half.”
Tortorella said before the game against Tampa, “He understands his role and that is very important. We talked to him a couple of years ago before we signed him and had a conversation and that was very important because Hank is our number one guy. He understood that and the thing that is really good is that he brings a personality into the locker room and it’s a different personality and I think that is very important with our club. He is a really good teammate and he has really played well since he has been here. ”
I say it every time Marty is mentioned, they need to sign him to an extension. I worry that with some team will overpay him in the offseason to be a starter and the Rangers will lose him and have to find another back up to try and recreate not only what he does on the ice but also in the locker room. From an organizational standpoint, Henrik Lundqvist can’t play more than 60-62 games a season if he wants to be fresh for the playoffs each season, so the Rangers know that they need a capable backup.