Coach Alain Vigneault skated over to Marty Biron and Arron Asham individually as the Rangers’ practice concluded today and informed the two veterans during their separate on-ice meetings that they had been placed on waivers likely signaling the end of their tenures with the Rangers.

As detailed in the previous blog post with Rick Nash (head injury/concussion) and Carl Hagelin (left shoulder) still out putting Asham on waivers is a matter of being able to recall a more skilled skater from Hartford (AHL). For Biron at least according to Vigneault it was just a simple matter of Biron not playing well. Biron has a 7.61 goals-against average and a .763 save percentage in two outings.

“It is a performance based business and the organization felt that Marty’s first two performances were not what we expected” Vigneault said. “We decided to put him on waivers and we’re going to get together this afternoon as a group and talk about where we got from there. So we’ll see what happens in the next couple of hours.”

Biron seemed to indicate that he thought his $1.3 million salary cap figure had something to do with the decision. Vigneault did not.

“No the only thing that played a role in the decision was the performance” said Vigneault who opened training camp by saying both Cam Talbot and ex-Devil Johan Hedberg were in an open competition with Biron to be Henrik Lundqvist’s backup.

Now those two are again candidates to be on the Rangers’ roster though Vigneault did not offer Hedberg a ringing endorsement.

“He wasn’t here very long. His name is probably going to be brought up but he wasn’t here very long” said Vigneault who just moments earlier had said of Talbot “He had a good camp. Those are the discussions we’re going to discuss this afternoon and see where we go from there.”

As for Biron understandably dejected and downcast after allowing four goals on 17 shots in Saturday’s 5-3 loss at St. Louis he said all options are on the table for him. Asked specifically if that included retirement he wouldn’t rule that out.

“I don’t know” Biron said when asked what he would like to happen be claimed by another organization or be re-assigned to Hartford. “I think there’s many options ahead of me. I just got put on waivers so we’ll see what happens with that. There’s many different options that are going to be presented to me and I’ll see what fits the best. It’s not the best case scenario obviously but I’m going to be all right and I’m going to figure it all out.”