Emery signed on as backup(?) goalie
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.