A 1-4 start to the season practically demanded that changes be made to the New York Rangers’ roster.
GM Glen Sather’s response? He placed veteran backup goaltender Martin Biron and enforcer Aaron Asham on waivers this morning.
Ok, it’s something . . . but hardly the cage rattler that fans were calling for.
Biron, who served as Henrik Lundqvist’s understudy for the past three seasons, coughed away two points against the Blues on Saturday. While his teammates played their best hockey of the season, he fought the puck through two periods, allowing four goals before being pulled in a 5-3 loss. He was also the goalie who was victimized by Tomas Hertl for a spectacular through-the-legs goal last Tuesday night. But since Lundqvist was likely to start 70 games this season anyway, Biron’s loss will be measured more in terms of chemistry than anything else.
Asham had played in just three of New York’s games, earning two major penalties. His season highlight may have been going to the wrong penalty box after a fight with Kyle Clifford of the Kings. His value to the team is also negligible.