The Flyers' interest in controversial goalie Ray Emery does not bother the agent for Flyers goalie Marty Biron.
Gilles Lupien, Biron's agent, said on Tuesday that he knows how "the game is played" and how Emery's agent is "shopping" his client.
The bottom line, Lupien said, is that the Flyers say they want to sign Biron, "and Marty wants to stay with the Flyers."
Lupien said he was relatively confident Biron would sign with the Flyers, but that it "depends on the cap" and how much money the team is able to spend. He doesn't expect Biron to sign until around July 1, the day his client can become an unrestricted free agent.
"Marty's first option is Philly," said Lupien, who can't contact other teams about signing Biron until July 1.
Biron made $3.5 million this season; he had an up-and-down regular season but was solid in the playoffs.
From here, the view is still this: Re-sign Biron and upgrade the defense by adding Jay Bouwmeester and/or Mike Komisarek.
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Flyers winger Scott Hartnell was named one of the NHL’s five dirtiest players in a players’ poll conducted by Sports Illustrated.
“I guess any press is good press,” said Hartnell, who led the NHL this season with 54 minor penalties, one more than Komisarek. “If the players are talking about me, I think that’s a good thing.”
Hartnell, who scored a career-high 30 goals, said he doesn’t consider himself a dirty player.
“I play the game hard. I think I play it fair,” he said. “But I guess maybe after the whistles and stuff, that’s where I might get a bad name.”
In the poll of 324 players, Anaheim’s Chris Pronger and Dallas’ Steve Ott each received 13 percent of the votes, followed by Ottawa’s Jarkko Ruutu (12 percent), the New York Rangers’ Sean Avery (10 percent) and Hartnell (5 percent).
Hartnell said some of the players on the list “are going to be disliked for a long time. I will just keep chirping and getting in players’ faces. I guess that’s why I am called dirty.”