Martin Biron played twice this season. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Former Sabres goalie Martin Biron retires from NHL

The end came quickly for popular former Buffalo Sabres goalie Martin Biron.

Earlier this month, the loquacious 36-year-old was beginning his 16th NHL season and the fourth as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup with the New York Rangers.

Today, having been waived by the Rangers last week, Biron retired.

“After thinking about it with my family, I’ve decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter,” Biron tweeted. “Thank you all for the support.”

After his days as a starter ended, Biron became one of the league’s best No. 2 goalies, winning 22 games and posting strong numbers while subbing for Lundqvist.

But San Jose victimized Biron for five goals during an Oct. 8 relief appearance. Four days later, he was yanked from his start in St. Louis after 40 minutes.

Biron, who had a 7.65 goals-against average and .763 save percentage, never played again.

He could’ve reported to AHL Hartford, although that seemed unlikely.

The 16th overall pick by Buffalo in 1995, Biron went 288-247-27 with a 2.56 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and 39 shutouts in 648 career games.

Biron, whose personality and warmth are legendary, would be a natural for television work.

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