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Martin Biron suffers broken collarbone in practice, regular season likely over

Martin Biron will probably miss the rest of

Martin Biron will probably miss the rest of the regular season, forcing the Rangers to call up a minor-leaguer to back up Henrik Lundqvist. Credit: Getty Images

The Rangers announced that Martin Biron was hurt in the last practice before the trade deadline on a high shot; according to Glen Sather, the injury was diagnosed in time to try and shop for a veteran backup, but the asking prices were too high from teams that had goaltenders to offer.

Biron will likely miss at least six weeks, taking him to the end of the regular season. The Rangers have 18 games remaining; Biron was likely to play 3-4 of them, so now the Rangers will have to tighten up when one of their minor-leaguers comes up. Cam Talbot was recalled from Greenville of the ECHL to sit on the bench tomorrow for the Sabres game; Talbot, 23, had played only 13 games for Connecticut of the AHL before going down to the ECHL.

Chad Johnson, who backed up Henrik Lundqvist last season, will likely come up and play when Lundqvist needs a break. Johnson has a 2.72 GAA and a 16-19-3 record for the Whale.

"He's had a lot of time off this year already, and Henrik loves to play," Sather said. "We know it's risky, but we know Henrik has had some rest and the tough part of our schedule is already past and he can get some days off between games."

Biron last played on Feb. 7. He's 8-6-0 with a 2.13 GAA in 17 games and has provided security during some rough patches for Lundqvist.

That security is gone now.

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