Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Biron finally gets a paint job

After Monday's rare practice at the Wachovia Center, necessitated by the latest team picture day in club history, Biron unzipped a pouch and revealed his new Flyers mask, glistening in orange and black with images of the Rocky statue, the Philadelphia skyline and the Liberty Bell.
The story of Biron's mask has been ongoing now for quite a while, as the veteran netminder kept his plain white getup through the end of his tenure with the Buffalo Sabres — a public protest for a trade to a team that would give him a shot to be a No. 1 netminder.

Now Biron has his shot, and from all accounts he's going to sign a long-term deal in Philadelphia in the near future.

I'll have photos of Biron's new mask when they become available.

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12 Comments:

At 1:17 AM, March 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a drama queen

 
At 8:59 AM, March 21, 2007, Blogger Afino said...

For the record, it was not a public protest to be traded. Biron's been waiting for a new mask to get in for quite some time (at least 2-3 months) now because his normal one didn't fit right. The white one did, and now he finally has his correct mask. It's purely coincedental that he's now on another team.

 
At 10:01 AM, March 21, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Cast in the same role this season, Biron again performed when called upon and remained his usual care-free, cajoling self, his constant banter – in both French and English – keeping the locker room loose. But the thought of plying his trade elsewhere was also part of this season’s mindset, as Biron donned a stark white mask, never committing to a fancy Sabres’ paint job. The underlying tongue-in-cheek reference being he didn’t know how long his stay would be in Buffalo.
— NHL.com

 
At 10:32 AM, March 21, 2007, Blogger Tom L said...

James,

For the record, in interviews, Biron did say that he stopped wearing the new Blue and Gold mask he had made (and which was late) b/c it didn't fit right and was impairing his play.

How true this is, is anyone's guess. But it seems reasonable that if that mask wasn't working for him and his future in Buffalo uncertain, it follows that he wouldn't have the white one repainted.

Ta,

 
At 10:38 AM, March 21, 2007, Anonymous Jenn said...

i noticed that Joey Mac finally donned a white mask for Boston instead of the Detroit mask that he'd continued wearing since the trade. I wonder if the all white mask is out of concern that he'll be traded again soon.

About Biron's equipment after his trade: it elicited a comment from one of the announcer that the carpets didn't match the drapes. One of the funniest things I've heard in a long time.

 
At 10:49 AM, March 21, 2007, Anonymous dave in Rocha said...

Marty did have a new Sabres-specific mask earlier this season. I found a picture of him wearing it on the Getty image page (did a search for "biron" under sports). There are several images of him in it during the 11/15 game against the Sens.

http://tinyurl.com/2ytsog

As TomL said, the story is that the painted mask didn't fit right, so he went back to the white one. Now the fact that he didn't paint the white one might have been a message, but the story is that he was waiting for the painted one to get replaced.

Either way, it's crazy that an article appearing on NHL.com tries to say he "never committ(ed) to a fancy Sabres' paint job", when it took me less than 5 minutes to find proof that he in fact did.

 
At 11:38 AM, March 21, 2007, Blogger Afino said...

Thanks for the backup, boys.

I was looking for that myself.

 
At 12:01 PM, March 21, 2007, Blogger DCThrowback said...

Wow, the NHL got something wrong? Go figure. Seems the like the author of the NHL.com piece was inferred something that wasn't really there. Correlation (white mask with no paint job) doesn't imply causation (Biron was unhappy in Buffalo).

 
At 12:37 PM, March 21, 2007, Anonymous ebscer said...

so any pictures of this???

 
At 1:02 PM, March 21, 2007, Blogger Afino said...

Biron was NEVER unhappy in Buffalo.

Yes, during camp and at the beginning of the season, he was unhappy about his situation (read: playing time), but never about actually being here and being part of the team and the city.

He accepted that Miller was the #1 goalie and realized his value as a dressing room leader and that he was riding shotgun on a contender, so he never publicly wanted out of Buffalo. He has his family here and Buffalo's the only organization he's ever known, since he was EIGHTEEN.

 
At 1:03 PM, March 21, 2007, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Typical of the Flyers to turn to a below-average goaltender to 'solve' their problems...

 
At 12:12 PM, August 31, 2008, Anonymous Ina said...

Good Job! :)

 

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