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by Paul on 06/26/12 at 09:51 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
While the Rangers will join tomorrow in the courtship of 21-year-old University of Wisconsin free agent defenseman Justin Schultz, the club will continue negotiations with Martin Biron aimed at keeping the backup netminder on Broadway and off the free agent market.
“We have had several positive discussions with the Rangers that are hopefully headed in the right direction, because Marty’s first choice is to remain in New York,” Biron’s agent, Peter Fish, told The Post yesterday. “The Rangers have made it clear that they want to keep him, but there is still some work to be done.”
...there are few attractive alternatives on the market should Biron, who will turn 35 in August, get away. The Devils’ Johan Hedberg would likely cost more than Biron and probably would not be satisfied with that small a workload. The same considerations apply to the Panthers’ Scott Clemmensen.
Other potential backups on the market include the Islanders’ Al Montoya, the Penguins’ Brent Johnson and the Jets’ Chris Mason, not one of whom would bring the level of comfort to the organization provided by Biron.
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