Rangers goaltender Martin Biron retires after a 16-year NHL career

Martin Biron warms up before a game against

Martin Biron warms up before a game against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center. (April 23, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

Rangers goaltender Martin Biron, one of only five men to play for all three New York state teams, is hanging up his skates after a 16-year NHL career.

The 36-year-old native of Quebec announced his retirement via Twitter on Sunday, saying that after discussing it with his family, it is time for "a new chapter."

Biron, who played poorly in two appearances this season before being waived Oct. 14, told the team's website: "I always loved the game, from the age of 4, everything about it . . . I was so blessed to have a career in this sport."

In 508 games with the Rangers, Islanders, Flyers and Sabres, Biron was 230-191-25-27 with a 2.61 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and 28 shutouts. A first-round draft pick in 1995 (16th overall), Biron began his career with Buffalo and made his NHL debut as an 18-year-old on Dec. 26, 1995, at Pittsburgh. In 2008, Biron was 9-8 with a 2.97 GAA in the playoffs as he helped the Flyers reach the Eastern Conference finals.

The decision by Biron, who had a salary-cap charge of $1.3 million this season, opens the door for Cam Talbot, who has been the top goaltender for the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack, to assume the role of Henrik Lundqvist's backup. Talbot was called up last week but was sent down and won two games. He was recalled again Sunday.

The Rangers also recalled forwards Chris Kreider and Brandon Mashinter and sent Darroll Powe back down. Powe, who was called up when Ryan Callahan suffered a broken thumb while blocking a shot in Washington, played 8:33 in Saturday night's 4-0 loss to the Devils. Goalie Jason Missiaen also was returned to Hartford.

One of the most talkative and media-friendly NHL players, Biron is widely expected to be hired as a broadcaster, perhaps with RDS, a French-language station in Canada.

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