Martin Biron has been comfortable around microphones for decades. Back when he played for Canada at the 1997 world junior championship, the team picked him to interview the other teenage players.
The Sabres hired him Tuesday to talk about their guys.
The former Buffalo goaltender has been added to the Sabres' broadcast team, replacing the ousted Brad May. Biron will serve as an analyst during the pregame and postgame shows, plus the intermission segments. The 40-year-old will occasionally provide in-game analysis and do features for Sabres.com.
"I grew up in the Sabres’ organization, and Buffalo has always had a big place in my heart,” Biron said. “Western New York has been my home since I was 20 years old, and my family and I are thrilled to begin this opportunity with the Sabres.
“I look forward to continuing to connect with the fans who supported me throughout my playing career.”
Biron, who was drafted by the Sabres in 1995 and played for the team until 2007, was a dressing-room chatterbox throughout his stay. After a trade from Buffalo, he learned he could parlay his talks into a career.
When his Philadelphia Flyers failed to make the playoffs in 2007, Canadian sports network TSN asked him to provide analysis for playoff games. Biron worked for the network again during the 2010 playoffs.
"I really had fun watching three, four playoff games a night and really enjoyed the work," Biron said by phone. "I had that relationship, and that's when I started thinking that's what I want to do after. I really enjoyed it and had a passion for it."
Biron has worked for TSN and NHL Network since retiring in 2014, but the commutes to Toronto and New York weren't ideal. With a wife and four kids, he wanted to be close to home.
He filled in during a few Sabres broadcasts last year, and offseason talks with the team resulted in the job. Biron joins play-by-play men Rick Jeanneret and Dan Dunleavy, in-game analyst Rob Ray and host Brian Duff.
"I love covering the whole league and watching games, but every year I started watching more Sabres games and started to go to more practices and talking to some of the guys," Biron said. "There's such a thing for having a passion for one organization and one team, and the Buffalo passion has always been there. I've always been here, so that was an easy decision and an easy fit."
Biron will continue his twice-weekly role on "The Instigators," the Sabres' simulcast show on MSG and WGR-AM 550. He will also remain on the staff of the Terry Pegula-owned Academy of Hockey.
“Marty makes what I consider one of the NHL’s best broadcasts even better,” said Mark Preisler, executive vice president of media and content for Pegula Sports and Entertainment. "Marty is passionate about the game of hockey and will educate our fans with an inside look.”
May, another former Sabres player, joined Buffalo's broadcast team in 2013-14. Unlike Biron, May's roots are elsewhere. He has a home in California and would commute to games.
A call to May was not immediately returned.
Though Biron has the gift of gab with his French-tinged voice, he is aware he has work ahead to seamlessly join the broadcast. He's ready to get to it when training camp starts in a couple of weeks.
"I'm still learning a ton of things," Biron said. "I watch when you guys get in the media scrums and how to ask the questions and how to lead a conversation one way or another, how to get somebody to feel comfortable.
"A lot of guys feel comfortable with me because I either played with them or against them, but some of the new guys coming in the league, it's still learning to get them to talk to you and get that conversation going. I enjoy that. I enjoy the morning skate and watching practice and hanging out with all you media guys – and now 'me' media guys – and having fun with it."