Veteran goaltender Martin Biron is hanging up his skates after a 16-year National Hockey League career.
The 36-year-old announced his retirement in a press release on Sunday.
He spent the last four seasons backing up Henrik Lundqvist in New York with the Rangers, including this season but was placed on waivers by the club and went unclaimed. Biron has also played for the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and had a brief stint with the New York Islanders in 2009-10.
After thinking about it it with my family, I've decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter. Thank you all for your support.— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) October 20, 2013
Biron, a six-foot-two, 186-pound native of Lac St. Charles, Que., ranks 59th on the all-time list in appearances by a goaltender with 508.
He ranks 59th in all-time wins and owns a career 230-191-27 record to go along with 28 shutouts. He has a career 2.61 goals-against average and a solid .910 save percentage.
Originally selected 16th overall in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Biron has five career 20-win seasons and two 30-win campaigns.
Biron had missed the start of training camp to attend to a personal situation. Not long after he arrived, the Rangers released veteran goalie Johan Hedberg from a professional tryout.
His early-season struggles led to the Rangers calling up 26-year-old Cam Talbot from the AHL. New York starter Lundqvist went 2-4-0 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in his first seven appearances.
Biron's retirement brought an outpouring of support on social media, from current and former teammates including Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto and forward Brian Boyle, Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere and Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette.