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Biron, Hedberg competing for Rangers’ back-up spot

New Jersey Devils v New York Rangers

skates against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on April 27, 2013 in New York City.The Rangers shutout the Devils 4-0.

Bruce Bennett

It’s Martin Biron versus Johan Hedberg. The stakes: The back-up goalie job with the New York Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist is the starter and no one will take that from him. But now the competition will begin to see who serves as his No. 2 man.

“I would say yes, in the sense that we invited Hedberg at the last minute, and if we brought him in, obviously we’re going to give him a chance,” Rangers’ head coach Alain Vigneault told the New York Post.

“Marty is aware of it, we had a discussion.”

New York Rangers v Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 30: Goaltender Martin Biron #43 of the New York Rangers warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers on December 30, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Martin Biron

Joel Auerbach

Biron returned to Rangers training camp on Friday, after missing the first two days to deal with a personal matter.

“I’m not going to go into details, it’s just how life is sometimes and you’ve got to roll with it,” he said earlier in the day. “Again, I was fortunate I was able to get home and now to be back.”

Hedberg, 40, spent the past three seasons with the rival New Jersey Devils. He finished the lockout-shortened season with a 6-10-3 record, 2.76 goals-against average and .883 save percentage.

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