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Rangers G Biron retires

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New York Rangers goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement Sunday, just days after being waived by the team.

Biron, 36, appeared in two games this season and went 0-1-0 with a 7.61 goals-against average and .763 save percentage.

He could have accepted an assignment to Hartford of the American Hockey League after clearing waivers, but opted to end his career instead.

"After thinking about 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," he wrote on Twitter.

Biron backed up Henrik Lundqvist in New York since the 2010-11 season, going 22-15-3. He won 12 games in 2011-12 and had a career-high .923 save percentage in his first season with the team.

He was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1995 draft and made his NHL debut later that season. He played nine seasons with the Sabres before he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2006-07 season. He also played for the New York Islanders in 2009-10.

Biron had a career record of 230-191-25-27 with a 2.62 GAA, .910 save percentage and 28 shutouts. He is one of just 12 goalies in league history with a career save percentage of .910 or better while appearing in at least 500 games. He is also one of only five players in NHL history to play for all three teams in the state of New York, along with Jason Dawe, Mike Donnelly, Pat LaFontaine and Taylor Pyatt.
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