In a one-two punch the Montreal Canadiens signed to Former Islander defensemen on Thursday. There is slight confusion among TSN's current reporting, but Rivers has signed either a 1 or 2 year deal with the Habs at an undisclosed amount. Mathieu Biron is reported to have inked a 1 year deal with unknown financial ramifications.
Jamies Rivers, a 454 game veteran, is coming off a split season between the St. Louis Blues and their AHL affiliate. In 31 games, Rivers scored 1 goal and added 3 assists for 4 points. Rivers also clocked 36 penalty minutes. On his career, Rivers has 17 goals and 49 assists for 66 points. His best season was his only with the Isles when he scored 17 points in 75 games. Montreal will be his 8th team as he has seen playing time with the Blues, Isles, Senators, Bruins, Panthers, Redwings and Coyotes.
Mathieu Biron has not played in the NHL since the 2005-06 season when he was with Washington. A veteran since 1999, Biron has only played 60 games in a season once on his career. A former 1st round draft pick with the Los Angeles Kings, Biron started his career on the Island. Biron split time last season with the AHL's Worcester Sharks and Montreal's affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs, the eventually Calder Cup winners. In 77 games, Biron has 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points with 94 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, Biron had 2 goals and 6 assists for 8 points in 22 games while notching 33 penalty minutes. In his NHL career, Biron has played in 253 games scoring 12 goals and 32 assists for 44 points while accruing 177 penalty minutes. Biron can best be described as an enforcer with above average offensive skill. He has seen playing time with the Isles, Lightning, Panthers and Capitals.