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Wither Biron...

Posted 11:06 PM ET | Comments 10
Back when the 2008-09 season dawned, I was comfortable with Martin Biron as the Flyers goalie. I was content and hopeful that Biron and the team would come to terms on a contract extension that would lock up the entertaining backstop.

Sadly, that position has changed.

I am not at the point where I advocate trading Biron and rushing out to find a new goalie. Biron is a capable NHL goalie, but he's very inconsistent. This season has been a case in point. Biron struggled early, bounced back with some solid games, struggled again, and of late had been suffering from breakdowns and foolhardy plays with the puck during games where he otherwise was good.

Biron isn't solely to blame. The Flyers team has struggled with consistency for the better part of the last season and a half. The team has made great strides after it's freefall to the bottom of the NHL standings, but consistent effort game in and out has thus far eluded them.

There were also a lot of new faces on defense, and injuries as well. The forwards have done a hit or miss job of back checking. Also, let's face it, scoring is up league wide.

The trouble is, a lot of Biron's wounds are self inflicted.

Last night, against the Devils, Biron came out to play a dump-in with 90 seconds left. It seems that it was going to be an icing, but even if it wasn't, Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn had a good bead on the puck and enough space between him and the nearest Devil to make a nice safe play.

Biron poked the puck to the wall, Brian Gionta, the aforementioned Devil, quickly spun and fired a pass to an oncoming Patrick Elias, who beat Biron 5 hole to tie the game. As dumb as the turnover was, the goal was brutal.

Two nights before, the Flyers lead 3-1 against Tampa Bay. Biron has one goal get deflected up into the air and he never finds it, until it rolls behind him. Then with 3 minutes left, he makes a stop and kicks out a huge, juicy rebound

That former Flyer Steve Downie buries to tie the game. Biron made two good saves that night afterwards to avoid the ire of some folks-both on Ryan Malone. One was on a breakaway, the second was on a penalty shot when Scott Hartnell decided to toss his glove at Malone on the original breakaway.

The problem with re-signing Biron boils down to his play. He's always been streaky, but so far we have seen lower lows and less inspiring highs than he has shown heretofore in his Flyers career.

In closing, my hope is that GM Paul Holmgren exercises patience before re-signing Biron.
Filed Under:   Flyers   Biron   Hartnell   Downie   Holmgren   Jsaq  
December 6, 2008 1:26 AM ET | Delete
You mean, "whither" right? Like, where is Biron going? You're not telling him to wither up and die. Right?
December 6, 2008 8:37 AM ET | Delete
Nice screen shot of EA sports NHL circa early 90`s! I remember how easy it was to score on the goalie. Damn! Oglethorp had a nice fro!
December 6, 2008 10:08 AM ET | Delete
I agree Jsaq. My friends and I, every game he leaves the crease to play the puck there is dead silence in the room. His puck handling skills are atrocious. He is not a bad goalie but has yet to find a way to compensate for his weakness of puck handling skills, which is worrisome at his age and stage of career. One can only hope he will learn before the playoffs or sadly his tenure in philly may have been as quick as all other goalies since I was a child.
December 6, 2008 12:55 PM ET | Delete
yeah i saw that play at the end. he cost you guys the win, although i dunno if he played well earlier lol. but what i saw was a terrible play that should have never happened.
December 6, 2008 2:52 PM ET | Delete
I like Marty when he doesn't try to do too much. THe second he leaves the crease, all bets are off.
December 6, 2008 5:18 PM ET | Delete
first of all, i love the word "heretofore". secondly, he did in fact play well in the game up until the end-game gaffes.lastly, i agree on all points. he's too streaky and i felt a lot more comfortable with him when he first got here than i do now. i say re-sign him only if all other options have been exhausted and it's decided that there isn't an upgrade to be had.
December 6, 2008 5:29 PM ET | Delete
Biron is a weird goalie. When a guy like niittymaki or another guy is aggressive they normally play better. When biron plays aggressive he seems to play worse. He needs to just stay in the cage and stop the puck. If he can't do that he won't be back.
December 6, 2008 6:46 PM ET | Delete
Awesome avatar........awesome.
December 7, 2008 1:27 AM ET | Delete
beezer, esche, checkmaneck.. and now biron
December 7, 2008 8:55 PM ET | Delete
check out the very bottom section of my last blog... http://my.hockeybuzz.com/mrbig
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