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Goaltending Questions In Philadelphia

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

But who will be the Flyers’ No. 1 goalie at the start of the 2009-10 regular season? Holmgren and Biron acknowledged it could be two months before that question is answered.

“I think Marty is a good goalie and I think he had a good couple years here,” Holmgren said. “If we move forward with him, that will be a decision we make in the next little while.”

At 31, Biron is coming off his second full season as the Flyers’ starter. He ranked 13th in the NHL in wins (29), 25th in goals-against average (2.76) and 17th in save percentage (.915).

But the numbers that will define whether Biron stays in Philadelphia will be his average salary and the number of years he is seeking on a new contract.

At $3.5 million, Biron ranked 19th among NHL goalies this season, just below Dwayne Roloson’s $3.667 million. Roloson, who is 39, had almost identical numbers to Biron this season with 28 wins, a 2.77 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

In other words, Biron’s market value is probably exactly what he’s making now. That could be a sticking point is his insistence on a long-term contract.

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