Preliminary talks for Prust, Biron

With next Monday's trade deadline looming, both buyers and sellers in the NHL trade market are evaluating this year's class of impending unrestricted free agents. The Rangers have begun discussing a few of their own as well.

The team has had preliminary contract discussions with the camps for both Brandon Prust and goaltender Martin Biron, sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

Prust and Biron are set to become unrestricted free agents this July, although the Rangers have expressed interest in re-signing them before they hit the open market.

Both players are considered valuable, cost-efficient role players to the Rangers. The 27-year-old Prust, who leads the team with 14 fighting majors, is in the second of a two-year deal worth $1.6 million. Biron, who boasts an impressive 10-3-1 record behind Henrik Lundqvist, signed a two-year deal worth $1.75 million in July 2010.