Friday, July 5, 2013

Emery signed on as backup(?) goalie

The Flyers have started the NHL free agency period today by laying out their commitment to top player Claude Giroux, and making another half-hearted commitment to one of their goalies of the past.
While the 8-year, $66 million contract extension to Giroux had been out there for a couple of days, the Flyers rung in a confirmation at the noon free agency commencement by announcing a 1-year, $1.65 million contract to Ray Emery.
The Flyers would-be starting goalie three years ago, Emery's career seemed in danger with a degenerative hip condition. Since then, however, the 6-2, 196-lb goalie has resurrected his career. WIth Chicago last season, he made 21 starts in the short regular season, going 17-1 with a 1.94 goals against average and .922 saves percentage.
Those numbers may be sparkling, but a late season injury for Emery allowed Corey Crawford to get back in the crease, and he stayed there through the playoffs as Chicago ran the table toward a Stanley Cup.
Now Emery, 30, rejoins the Flyers, who have nonetheless seemed to make a commitment to Steve Mason to be their starter. Don't be surprised if it becomes a real competition for that role in training camp, however.
Together, the two goalies only shape up as a $3.15 million salary cap hit. Together, they have had success early in their careers, not so much afterward. Together, they'll likely be battling for playing time as the season progresses.


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