NHL Notes: Biron announces retirement

NHL Notes: Biron announces retirement
October 20, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Martin Biron played eight games over the past two seasons with the Rangers, going 2-3-1 in that span. (AP)

After being demoted by the New York Rangers last week, Martin Biron is retiring from the game, the goalie announced in a tweet on Sunday (via ProHockeyTalk).

The New York Rangers also announced Biron was hanging it up after 16 seasons in the NHL, which saw him play as a backup netminder for the better part of it.

Biron’s career began with Buffalo after the Sabres used their first-round pick on the 18-year-old in 1995. Perhaps his best season as a pro came in 2001-02 with Buffalo, when he played in 72 games and won a career-high 31 games. He also put up a career-best 2.22 goals-against average..

He gained his most fame, however, as a Flyer during the 2007-08 season, winning 30 games and having a career-high .918 save percentage while leading the team to the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh.

Canadiens: Briere, Prust injured in Nashville loss
The Montreal Canadiens suffered another pair of key losses as forwards Daniel Briere and Brandon Prust were knocked out of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Nashville.

As pointed out by ProHockeyTalk, Briere, 36, was skating in Nashville’s end when Predators forward Eric Nystrom caught him with a blindside hit early in the second period.

Nystrom wasn’t penalized on the play, and the Canadiens later announced that Briere would not return.

But that wasn’t it. In the third period, Prust got tangled with Predators defenseman Victor Bartley and crashed hard into the end boards. Like Briere, Prust also left the contest and failed to return.

If the two are lost for any length of time, it’ll hurt a Montreal team already decimated by injury. George Parros (concussion), Alexei Emelin (knee) and Douglas Murray (lower-body) just returned to post-practice skating, while forward Max Pacioretty is out three weeks with a hamstring ailment.

Penguins: Neal out at least two more weeks
Penguins fans are going to have to wait a bit longer to see James Neal back in action.

According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (via ProHockeyTalk), the goal-scoring winger will miss at least two more weeks with his upper-body injury. Neal was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 15 after re-aggravating an old injury.

To the Penguins’ credit, Neal’s injury hasn’t slowed them down much thanks to the play of, you guessed it, Sidney Crosby.

They’re 7-1-0 on the season and only the San Jose Sharks have scored more goals (39 to Pittsburgh’s 31). Crosby, meanwhile, leads the league in points with 17 and is tied with four players atop the league in goals with seven.

Neal was injured on Oct. 3 against the New Jersey Devils, the Pens’ first game of the year, and played just 3:49 of that game.