When the New York Rangers announced on Monday that they had put backup goaltender Martin Biron on waivers along with forward Aaron Asham, the Rangers’ fan base seemed to become divided between fans who liked the move and fans who were disgusted with Biron being placed on waivers, and I do not understand the latter at all.
Biron is 36 years of age and isn’t getting any younger. We saw signs of his play deteriorating last season, and it has continued in 2013-14. Biron is notorious for giving up five-hole goals, and while he can surprise you on occasion with saves you would think he has no business saving, he then turns around and gives up goals on shots that Golberg from the Mighty Ducks movies would give up.
There is no upside to Biron’s game, but there is for the goalie that will be taking his place, 26-year-old Cam Talbot, who has been with the Rangers’ AHL affiliate since 2011.
Talbot is 10 years younger then Biron and Rangers goaltending coach Benoit Allaire, who is considered among the best in the business, has been raving about Talbot since the preseason and said he is ready to begin playing at the NHL level.
In a preseason filled with bad play, Talbot was one of the only bright spots for the Rangers, and I figured he was even going to make the team over Biron before the regular season started. To me, this move should have been done weeks ago instead of now, so I just do not get what all the fuss is about.
If Talbot shines in his backup role, the Rangers might have an extra trading piece that could interest many teams on the brink who are a good goalie away from making the playoffs. Do you think anyone would bother giving up something good for Biron? Biron’s starting days in this league are over, and Talbot’s career is just beginning. This move makes a ton of sense for the Rangers, and this does not even include the fact that it helps free up cap space as well.
So how could anyone not like this move?