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Sabres Notebook: Biron going into Amerks' Hall

Marty Biron will be inducted into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame on Feb. 16 before the Amerks host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Blue Cross Arena.

Biron played for the Amerks for parts of four seasons from 1997-2001 with a 59-32-9 career record, .921 save percentage, and a 2.36 goals against average, the latter ranking 12th among all goaltenders in Amerks franchise history.

"I am so truly honored and humbled to enter the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame," Biron said in the official release. "When you think about all the amazing players and coaches that have been part of such an historical organization over the years, it's an incredible feeling to be placed among them.

"The Amerks gave me my first taste of professional hockey and allowed me to have the success I did throughout my career in both the National Hockey League and American Hockey League. I wouldn't be who I am today, even now in my current role with the Sabres, if it weren't for those early years in Rochester. I am truly grateful and so proud of my time with the Amerks."

Biron's best season with the Amerks came in 1998-99 when he appeared in 52 games and finished with a 36-13-3 record while setting the franchise mark for the lowest goals against average (2.07) and highest save percentage (.930), which also tied an AHL record. He won the AHL's top two goaltending awards – the Aldedge (Baz) Bastien Memorial Award, presented to the goalie voted best at his position, and the Harry (Hap) Holmes Memorial Award, given to the goalie with the lowest goals-against.

Biron played in the Sabres organization through the 2006-07 season, closing out his 16-year playing career with stops in Philadelphia, the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers. He retired after the 2013-14 season with a 230-191-52 record and 28 career shutouts.

He serves at the director of goaltending for the Academy of Hockey at HarborCenter and is in his first season working for the Sabres television broadcasts.


Boy, boy, crazy boy. Keep cool boy.

It's not quite West Side Story, but the rivalry between the Sharks and Jets in the NHL reached a new level this week.

Several members of the San Jose Sharks were asked what the worst NHL city was and they named Winnipeg. In the video posted on Twitter by NBC Sports California, the broadcasting partner of the Sharks players complained about the city.

"Winnipeg. Dark, cold, Internet is a little questionable," defenseman Justin Braun said. "Internet doesn't work ever. I don't know if they have Wi-Fi there yet."

"I think it's Winnipeg because every time it's so cold and dark there. I don't like it there," said forward Tomas Hertl.

The video has since been deleted.

Meeting the media Tuesday morning in Buffalo before playing the Sabres in KeyBank Center, Jets coach Paul Maurice had a classic response.


"I don't think any coach, any player, trainer, referee should ever complain about a day in the National Hockey League," Maurice said. "We've got a sold-out building. Pretty sure that all goes into hockey-related revenues and everybody cashes their check.

"The thread count in your hotel sheet isn’t right or your frappuccino isn’t frothed right. I don’t even know what a frappuccino is. But my point being, we've got nothing to complain about. Pretty good life."

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