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Chicago re-signs Emery to one-year, $1.5 million deal

Apr 7, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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For the second straight day, a playoff-bound team has signed an impending unrestricted free agent.

Today, it was the Chicago Blackhawks inking goalie Ray Emery to a one-year, $1.5 million extension. The deal comes a day after Philadelphia re-upped with defenseman Nicklas Grossmann on a four-year, $14 million deal.

Emery, 29, has compiled a 15-9-4 record, 2.81 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 34 appearances this season. He’s mostly backed up Corey Crawford this year but has battled for Chicago’s No. 1 gig, recording an impressive 10-0-3 record at the United Center.

Last season, Emery was a finalist for the Masterton Trophy — awarded annually to the player best exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey — by returning to the NHL after undergoing surgery for a right hip injury that required a bone graft.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I don’t get why personally. I think it would have made more sense to at least wait, it’s not like there were GM’s lining for Emery to sign with them.

    – Wild fan

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      How you would know haha? Do you have inside access to the GMs around the league. The whole point of resigning your own players during the regular season is to avoid competition. It only takes one team to drive up the asking price.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        If you think Emery is worth re-signing, have at him and I hope you think you got a bargain


      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        Well you tell me who would do a better job?

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