Biron had been placed on waivers by the team last week after appearing in two games this season and going 0-1-0 with a 7.61 goals-against average and .763 save percentage. After clearing waivers, Biron could have been assigned to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack, but he elected instead to call it a career.
After thinking about it 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.— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) October 20, 2013
Biron had served as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist in New York since the start of the 2010-11 season, posting a 22-15-3 record. He won 12 games two seasons ago and had a career-high .923 save percentage in his first season with the team.
"I know I made the right decision, this has been brewing in my mind for a while, even before the waivers," Biron said in comments tweeted out by the team. "When I left for camp this year I figured I'd play it by ear, after a month more and more I had those feelings (about retiring)."
A first-round pick (No. 16) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1995 NHL Draft, the native of Lac St. Charles, Quebec, made his debut with the team later that season. He played in parts of nine seasons with the Sabres before he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2006-07 season.
Biron, who also played for the New York Islanders, finishes with a career record of 230-191-25-27, along with a 2.62 GAA, .910 save percentage and 28 shutouts. Biron is one of only 12 goalies in NHL history with a career save percentage of .910 or better while appearing in at least 500 games.
Biron, 36, is one of only five players in NHL history to play for all three teams in the state of New York, along with Rangers forward Taylor Pyatt, as well as Pat LaFontaine, Mike Donnelly, and Jason Dawe.