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Biron not with Rangers at start of training camp

Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 12:46 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Training Camp 2013 blog

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Biron not with Rangers at start of training camp

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers announced Wednesday that goalie Martin Biron is not in attendance on the first day of training camp because of a personal matter and there is no timetable for when he will report.

"Marty is dealing right now with a personal situation," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "I can't get into it. I'm not exactly sure what the time frame is on that. When he does come back he'll address it with you in a manner that he sees fit."

With Biron absent, the Rangers invited goalie Johan Hedberg to training camp on a professional tryout.

Biron, 36, is entering his fourth season with the Rangers as Henrik Lundqvist's backup. In six games last season, he went 2-2-1 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. A 16-season NHL veteran, Biron has 230 wins, a 2.60 goals-against average and 28 shutouts in 506 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and Rangers.

Hedberg, 40, went 6-10-3 with a 2.76 GAA and .883 save percentage in 19 games with the New Jersey Devils last season.

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