Negotiations with Marty Biron have not ended, but when the Flyers announce today that they have a deal in place to sign free-agent goalie Ray Emery, it is likely to hasten the conclusion.
According to team sources yesterday, a deal has been reached that will make Emery a Flyer for 1 year and pay him $1.5 million.
The deal will not be signed until July 1, when the NHL's free-agency period begins.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is scheduled to meet the media this morning at 11 at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., to discuss the deal and the thinking behind signing Emery. Emery was bought out of his last contract with the Ottawa Senators after off-ice problems caused a rift with the team. He was the goalie when the Senators went to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007.
Emery played in Russia last season.
Biron is reportedly seeking a 5-year deal worth at least $5 million a year. That kind of contract is more than the Flyers can handle under the current salary cap.
The Flyers still have to decide if they want to sign unrestricted free agent forward Mike Knuble and are still very interested in signing Florida free agent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
Several teams are believed to be talking with Florida about a trade that would give them the contract rights to Bouwmeester before the free agent market opens; the Flyers are one of those teams. *