Former NHL goaltender Martin Biron will join MSG Network’s coverage of the New York Rangers as a studio analyst. The 16-year veteran, who retired on October 20, will make his debut on the November 12 Rangers-Devils telecast.
"The work they do is some of the best, not only in the NHL, but all of sports," Biron said during a conference call with reporters Monday. "I have a real passion for the game and hopefully broadcasting will keep me involved in all platforms."
--LISTEN TO BIRON TALK ABOUT JOINING MSG NETWORK WITH REPORTERS DURING A CONFERENCE CALL--
Broadcasting is something that is hardly new to Biron. He did some work for RDS when he was playing junior hockey, but never really considered it as a potential post-playing career until the NHL Lockout. With plenty of time to think and an uncertain job future, Biron started to come around to the idea.
A few seasons after the lockout ended, he contributed to TSN’s playoff coverage. Then, while with the Rangers, he launched Biron’s Journal, a popular video series that showcased the behind-the-scenes life of an NHL player. At that point, a transition into a career of broadcasting seemed both natural and inevitable.
When asked who would be his first interview, Biron chose Chris Kreider over good pal Henrik Lundqvist, whom Biron said would be "too easy to interview." Lundqvist and Biron shared such a close relationship while playing for the Rangers, that Biron described himself as Lundqvist’s "wife away from home in the locker room."
With MSG, Biron’s role will focus on analysis. His expertise is in goaltending, but he has long been a student of the game, often attending power play and penalty kill meetings before being kicked out by coaches. In addition to breaking down the X’s and O’s of the game, Biron will draw on his experience as a player to discuss the mental aspect of the game. He believes it’s a very important part of the game and one that fans don’t often get to hear.
Tune in to MSG Tuesday at 6:30 PM for Biron’s new debut. "It couldn't be any better than a Devils-Rangers matchup," Biron said.