BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Sabres announced that goaltender Martin Biron, who played for South Carolina in the ECHL, has accepted his qualifying offer.
In 2003-04 with Buffalo, the 6-1 and 169-pound Biron, who was 3-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.92 with the Stingrays in 1997-98, was 26-18-5 with two shutouts and ranked 20th in the NHL with a save percentage of .913 and a goals against average of 2.52. He was named NHL Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending October 26, 2003 after going 3-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.92 and a save percentage of .940. He set franchise records with three consecutive shutouts and a shutout streak of 221:58 which surpassed Dominik Hasek’s mark of 178:33.
The 26-year-old Biron is 101-103-25 with 17 shutouts, a goals against average of 2.44 and a save percentage of .911 in 246 NHL games. He helped Team Canada capture the gold medal at the 2003 World Championships. Selected by Buffalo with the 16th overall selection in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Biron became the fourth youngest goaltender to start an NHL game (18 years and 133 days) against Pittsburgh on December 26, 1995.