GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Even though Martin Biron reported to training camp Friday after missing the first two days because of personal reasons, the New York Rangers did not release Johan Hedberg from his professional tryout and coach Alain Vigneault said the two goalies are going to compete for the job as Henrik Lundqvist's backup.
"In an Olympic year I need a backup goaltender that can play games for us, whether that number is 15 to maybe 20," Vigneault said. "With the number of four games in six nights that we have to play and the number of three games in four nights, we need a backup goaltender that can play and win us some games. That's part of the equation to get into the playoffs and to be able to have a goaltender come playoff time that has got some energy and jump in his legs. Martin is aware of that. I had that discussion when he first got here. If we brought in Hedberg it was obviously to give him a chance."
Biron has played 44 games during the past three seasons as Lundqvist's backup. He did not seem deterred when asked about his job status Friday.
"Obviously the organization has got to do what it thinks is best for the organization," he said. "Moose [Hedberg] is a great guy. I got to talk to him [Friday] and we joked around a little bit, but I'm here and I'm focused. Whatever they need to do they'll do, but I know I'm 100-percent ready to play, to compete, to give everything I have to the guys and the team."
Biron wouldn't go into detail regarding why he had to miss the first two days of camp tending to personal business at home in Buffalo, but he thanked Vigneault for allowing him to take some time and was grateful for all the text messages he received from his teammates and other people in the organization.
He said he has a clear mind, he's excited to be back and he's fully committed to the team.
"It's just how life is sometimes," Biron said. "You've got to roll with it a little bit. Again, I was fortunate that I was able to get home and now to be back.
"I am where I need to be."