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Buffalo Sabres trade goaltender Martin Biron to Philadelphia, acquire Conklin

It wasn't immediately clear what the Flyers were giving up in exchange for Biron or what the Sabres were sending to Columbus for Conklin.

"I feel I have some good experience and I can really help out and move forward," Biron said. "I definitely want to see the Flyers move ahead and get successful."

A source confirmed the deal involving Conklin, who be Ryan Miller's backup in Buffalo.

"You always want to play and I felt like I could do more for the organization," Biron said of playing a backup role in Buffalo. "They gave me a shot this year to be able to be part of it a little bit more but at the end, it was understandable that something had to be done."

The move gives Buffalo some much-needed salary cap room. Biron, 29, is earning US$2.1 million this season while Conklin is bringing home just $525,000. Prior to the deal, the Sabres' payroll was right at the $44-million cap limit.

Biron, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, was 12-4-1 this season with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage.

Conklin, 30, is 2-3-2 with a 3.30 GAA and an .871 save percentage for the Blue Jackets this season. He is earning this season.


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