It was an early-wake up call this morning for Rangers goalie and player representative Marty Biron as his son, Jacob, was due on the ice at 8 a.m. for his hockey game. Dad got to wake up the son with some good news that a tentative deal for a new CBA had been reached.
In other words, the lockout was over and dad was going back to work. (See previous Ranger Rants post for more details on tentative CBA agreement and link to Tom Gulitti’s article on NorthJersey.com).
“Obviously, I’m excited,” Biron said by telephone as he watched his son skate. “I woke up very early this morning with text messages of possibly having the agreement done. I went to wake up Jacob for hockey, he’s on the ice at 8, and the first thing I told him was, ‘The league is going to start again in the next little bit.’ He was excited. I’m excited for him. I’m excited for the fans. I’m excited for the arena people. Obviously, I’m excited for myself.”
Biron described himself as an optimist who believed a deal could be done, even if history might have suggested otherwise.