Martin Biron

Rangers sign Martin Biron to two-year, $2.6M deal


Henrik Lundqvist was quick to admit that added rest was helpful during his Vezina-winning campaign. Martin Biron’s steady, veteran presence made that doable for the New York Rangers, so it’s positive news that they’ll keep him around for two more seasons. Bob McKenzie reports that the Rangers signed Biron to a two-year, $2.6 million deal.

That $1.3 million annual cap hit represents one of the better bounties for a backup, although it’s following the trend of No. 2 goalies getting more cash lately. It does make for an awfully expensive duo in net for New York, though; Hank and Biron’s combined cap hit exceeds $8.1 million – well over 10 percent of the ceiling. Interestingly enough, both goalies’ contracts are set to expire after the 2013-14 season, too.

Still, the Rangers are protecting their crucial investment in Lundqvist, a goalie who’s been among the NHL’s best basically since he burst onto the scene. Maybe it’s a pricey move, but it’s a wise choice overall.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.