On a day where every Rangers fan was in a frenzy over speculation of Dallas center Brad Richards possibly relocating to Manhattan, it was goaltender Marty Biron who ultimately took all of the attention.
During his conference call addressing the media following trade deadline, GM Glen Sather dropped the unfortunate news that Biron had fractured his collarbone and would be out indefinitely.
Biron, who has played superb backing up Henrik Lundqvist this season, was struck with shot during practice.
The veteran netminder was enjoying a nice season, sporting a 2.13 GAA with an 8-6 record through 17 games for the Rangers before this morning’s injury.
Sather said on the call that finding a replacement via trade with little time would have been too pressing.
“There were a couple of possibilities,” Sather noted. “But when you’re looking for something with short notice like that, it gets very expensive to find an NHL backup goaltender that has experience.”
Sather rather opted to fix the problem internally, calling up Cam Talbot from the Connecticut Whale of the AHL.
While serving as backup to Chad Johnson, Talbot is 8-3-2 with a 2.42 GAA. He will be available for the Rangers when they take on the Sabres Tuesday night.
It’s highly unlikely that Talbot will see the ice anytime soon, however. Biron hasn’t started a game since he was between the pipes for three consecutive games in early February. With only five points separating the Rangers from falling out of playoff contention, every point over the next 18 games is crucial; Lundqvist wont be on the bench in the near future.
The Rangers did make a minor move in the final minutes of the deadline, however. The Blueshirts acquired center John Mitchell from the Maple Leafs for a seventh-round pick in 2012.
Mitchell actually has a soft spot for New York, as he scored his first two NHL goals against the Rangers back in 2008. Mitchell will most likely spend most of his time this season in the AHL as a member of the Whale.