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NHL notes: Career No. 2 Martin Biron retires

Martin Biron. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

Martin Biron. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

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Career backup Martin Biron announced his retirement on Sunday after being placed on waivers by the New York Rangers last week.

Before clearing waivers, Biron was 0-1-0, with a 7.61 goals-against average and a league-worst .763 save percentage in two appearances this season.

He was set to be assigned to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford.

“After thinking about it with my family, I've decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter,” Biron posted to Twitter. “Thank you all for your support.”

After being selected 16th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1995, the 36-year-old Biron remained with the Sabres organization until moving to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006.

A brief stint with the New York Islanders was followed by three years with the Rangers.

Over two decades in the NHL, Biron accumulated 230 wins through 508 games, good enough for a goals-against average of 2.62 and a save percentage of .910.

He also appeared in 23 playoff games for the Flyers.

LECAVALIER IS CLOSE

Vincent Lecavalier could return to the Philadelphia Flyers’ lineup by Thursday.

The former Rocket Richard Trophy winner hasn’t played since Oct. 11 when he suffered a lower-body injury.

“It felt pretty good for the first day,” Lecavalier said, according to a CSN Philly report. “You wake up and see how it feels the next day. If it’s tight or whatever can happen.”

Through five games with the Flyers since arriving from Tampa Bay this off-season, Lecavalier has three points (one goal, two assists) for the league-worst Flyers (1-7-0).

The same report mentioned Flyers winger Scott Hartnell is still doubtful heading into the week with an upper-body injury.

NEAL REMAINS SIDELINED

Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal will miss at least two more weeks after aggravating a previous upper-body injury, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Sunday.

This is the same injury ESPN Pittsburgh reported Neal sustained while playing a game of wiffle ball on ice as part of a tribute to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who qualified for the MLB post-season for the first time since 1992.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero has denied those claims, telling the Tribune-Review that reports of the cause of Neal’s injury, believed to be a strained oblique, are "Not accurate, 100% not true."

The Penguins maintain Neal aggravated the injury during their season opener against the New Jersey Devils.

In 40 games last season with the Penguins, Neal collected 36 points (21 goals, 15 assists) over 40 games.

BRIEFLY: New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner has a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety on Monday for a check to the head of Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe on Saturday … The Chicago Blackhawks announced Sunday that forward Joakim Nordstrom was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Nordstrom, 21, scored one goal in eight games this season with the Blackhawks … After two decades in the NHL, Czech defenceman Roman Hamrlik will announce his retirement next week in Montreal, according to TV NOVA Sport.

 


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