Martin Biron wasn't going to play much in the final 18 games as Henrik Lundqvist's backup, but Biron had been providing security sitting on the bench.

The security is gone now. Biron is out for at least six weeks after suffering a broken collarbone when struck by a high shot during practice Monday.

General manager Glen Sather had little to say about Monday's trade deadline, which came and went without the Rangers making a big move, but losing Biron for the rest of the regular season certainly is important.

"He's a big part of this team," Sather said, adding that the injury occurred before the 3 p.m. deadline and that his search for a veteran backup wasn't fruitful.

"We did look into it,'' he said. "There were a couple possibilities. But when you're looking on short notice like that, it's very expensive to find a veteran goaltender.

"We know it's risky, but we know that Henrik loves to work."

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With 18 games to go, Lundqvist - who has played in 50 of the Rangers' 64 games - was going to get the majority of the work. Even now, he's started the last eight, having sat out two different slumps while Biron, who is 8-6-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average, held down the fort.

Now it's all on Lundqvist. Cam Talbot, 23, who has split time between Connecticut of the AHL and Greenville of the ECHL, was called up Monday. Chad Johnson, who played five games as Lundqvist's backup last season after veteran Steve Valiquette was demoted, likely will be the one to come up when Lundqvist needs a break.

Sather said part of the reason he didn't surrender any of his young players in trades was that he expected three of his injured veterans to return: defenseman Marc Staal (knee), wing Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder) and Marian Gaborik (concussion).

"[Gaborik] has had some headaches at night, but they've been getting less and less," Sather said. "I think he'll be back before too long."


Sather was not as optimistic about captain Chris Drury, still out after knee surgery.

"I don't think he'll be back this season," Sather said.