The Never-Ending Biron Blather
It’s never going to stop, is it? Not until he re-signs here or retires.
What is it about Marty Biron that people just refuse to let go? In all honesty, there is a ton to like about him. He’s chatty and gives some of the best interviews in league history, he talks mountains of trash at opponents, he’s got eyes the puck bunnies love to pieces, and he had an NHL rule created because of him. I’m sure no one will forget him wearing 00 in pre-season in 1995 or calling out Eric Staal for being a pathetic diver. Hell, I just closed the deal on a red Biron jersey from 05/06.
Pleasant memories do not make an inevitable comeback, though. People need to realize that all the Facebook groups, rumor mongering, and Marty sightings aren’t going to bring him back. Only Darcy Regier and an evaluation of the goaltending situation that Regier thinks is suitable for a comeback will.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Biron backing up Miller again. He’s one of the best locker room guys in the business and is a very able backup goaltender. But there’s better out there. The Sabres could look at “Moose” Hedberg or Dan Ellis or Peter Budaj and they’d see a better goaltender than Biron for the same if not slightly more money. And Biron coming back does make a degree of sense, with him loving the area and having never moved away after his trade to Philadelphia, but it’s not gonna make it a done deal no matter what the sentimentalist fans tell you.
Signing Biron this off-season to backup Miller might be a good move and an easy move, but it might not be the best move. It’s too bad the Marty zealots refuse to see that. And it’s only going to get worse now that Halak has been traded to St. Louis and they need a cheap backup. People are already claiming Biron will go that way for a chance to play in his native province. So now a Quebecois regiment of that army has been formed.
Lord Stanley help us all.