Proposal: Colorado - Phoenix (beat it to death a bit more)
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11-09-2003, 10:38 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
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What has Biron done? Proven for a full year that he can handle the starting goaltender load and do it with aplomb, not to mention he did it on a fairly weak Sabres team. His save percentage was great for the team he played for, imagine what he could do on a truly good team like Colorado, eh? I think Biron >>> Aebischer.
Aebischer's career totals:
69 GP, 32-25-3 record with a 2.18 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Biron's career totals:
194 GP, 75-85-20 record with a 2.41 GAA and a .910 save percentage.
Also, I do not want to hear the statement of Aebischer getting to play easy teams because for 4 of his 6 seasons in the NHL, Biron was a back-up as well. Hell, if you consider Aebischer to be a mediocre back-up then Biron, in his back-up days, was an AHL scrub, no? Attrocious numbers and he never had a GAA under 2.42 or a save percentage above .910(aside from two years ago)... something Aebischer has done *every single season so far.*
Oh, and I've seen people refer to Aebischer has being particularly bad this past season.
Well, Biron was *worse*... and not just the GAA which is indicative of the team in front of him, but a significantly lower save percentage.
Aebischer: 2.42 GAA, .916 save percentage
Biron: 2.55 GAA, .908 save percentage
Even as a starter, Biron has a very poor save percentage, ranking in the *bottom 5* of NHL starters last year.
Take into consideration the fact that Biron is a year older, makes $1.4 M more than Aebischer and is a smaller goalie(35 pounds lighter), and I fail to see how Biron is a clear-cut upgrade over Aebischer. Put aside the personal dislike for Abby and realize that Biron is being pushed by two younger goaltenders in the Buffalo system as a result of poor play, not as a result of the potential of Mika Noronen and Ryan Miller. He's had one good season(two years ago) and regressed last year. Buffalo's management has given him every chance to succeed in the post-Dominik Hasek era and he is floundering.
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