Martin Biron announces retirement

Goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement Sunday after playing parts of 16 NHL seasons.

The New York Rangers put the 36-year-old Biron on waivers last week. Biron was assigned to Hartford of the AHL on Tuesday, but he did not report.

"After thinking about it with my family, I've decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter," Biron wrote on his verified Twitter account. "Thank you all for your support."

Biron went 230-191-52 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 508 games with Buffalo, Philadelphia, the Islanders and Rangers. He gave up nine goals on 38 shots in two appearances this season before being waived.

He spent two-plus seasons with the Flyers before going to the Islanders, then serving as Henrik Lundqvist's backup on the Rangers.

A source told ESPNNewYork.com that Biron made the decision to retire because he wanted to spend more time with his family, which is based in Buffalo, N.Y.

Biron will likely be a target for media outlets, given his gregarious personality and reputation as a good talker, though he has not yet made a decision on what post-hockey avenue he will pursue.

Biron told ESPNNewYork.com via text message that he wants to stay involved in hockey, though in what capacity remains to be seen. Biron has formerly worked with TSN as a guest analyst.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang and The Associated Press was used in this report.