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Goalie Martin Biron to back up Rangers' Lundqvist @NHL

NEW YORK (AP) -The New York Rangers are bringing in goalie Martin Biron to give workhorse starter Henrik Lundqvist a break.

Less than an hour into the NHL's free-agent shopping season Thursday, the Rangers signed Biron from the New York Islanders.

Lundqvist played 73 of 82 games last season, and New York wants someone to make 15 to 20 starts.

Biron is joining his third Atlantic Division team in three seasons. He went 9-14-4 with a 3.27 goals-against average in 29 games last season while splitting time on the Islanders. Biron spent part of the three previous seasons with Philadelphia.

New York also re-signed forward Erik Christensen and agreed to terms with Derek Stepan, who captained the winning U.S. team at the world junior championship.

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