Could Biron be out of a job with the Rangers?
If Biron is in actual jeopardy of losing his spot, it’s because of the Rangers’ cap squeeze. Biron is carrying a $1.3-million cap hit while Talbot is under contract for $562,500 and Hedberg presumably would be willing to sign a deal in the neighborhood of $750,000.
The difference would be meaningful for a team counting cap pennies. The Blueshirts would be hit with a cap charge of $375,000 on Biron if he is beaten out for the job and then waived to the AHL Wolf Pack. The savings only would go into full effect if Biron were traded. The market for backups at $1.3 million appears non-existent.
“I don’t concern myself with anything like that,” Biron said. “My mentality and attitude are to show the staff what I do so I can play the number of games I want to play.”
Biron has previous experience playing for Vigneault as a teenager with Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Beauport in 1995-96 and 1996-97.
“I had been called up for a few games with Buffalo and we made a coaching change while I was away, so by the time I got back [to Beauport] he was already there,” Biron said. “He had been let go [as an assistant] by Ottawa, and he came in from the NHL with the whip.