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Pending UFA goalie Emery would ‘love to stay’ with Blackhawks

Jun 27, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

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Ray Emery has now lifted the Stanley Cup, after the Chicago Blackhawks won the championship on Monday, and he would fancy returning to the Windy City.

However, the 30-year-old Emery is on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent.

“I’d love to stay here,” Emery told ESPN Chicago on Thursday. “See how that works out with what Chicago has in mind and see how the cards kind of play, but definitely would like to stay here.”

In 21 games with the Blackhawks this season, Emery posted a 17-1-0 record, as well as a .922 save percentage and 1.94 goals-against average.

Emery and starter Corey Crawford combined to win the William Jennings Trophy, after allowing the fewest goals against in the NHL.

Emery had to endure a lower-body injury toward the end of the season, but made his return to his back-up duties for the second round.

He’s coming to the end of a one-year, $1.15 million contract, and re-signing with the Blackhawks is far from a guarantee.

On June 3, the Blackhawks signed Finnish goalie Antti Raanta to a one-year contract.

  1. slysipops - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    i would hope to see RAY back! signing the FINN for a year could be an experiment to see how he polishes up in the minors, and i would guess he would be a couple of years away from playing NHL hockey !

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    If Hawks can afford him and He’d be willing to live as an “almost starter”, that would be wonderful news.

  3. tfilarski - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I don’t understand this, he could probably get a starting job out there. Do not Crow to be splitting the time next season

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I wonder if his hip issue prevents him from getting a heavy workload?

  4. tfilarski - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I don’t understand this, he could probably get a starting job out there. Do not expect Crow to be splitting the time next season

  5. stakex - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I would expect to see Emery test the waters. There are at least a few teams looking for a solid number one goaltender, and Emery might be a good pickup in a thin goalie market. He does have a question mark when it comes to injuries… but when healthy he’s been good.

  6. indianhead1992 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Emery should stay, his hip won’t hold up for a starters work load. Emery will see at least 30 games next year still. This will be one of the worst stanley cup hangovers due the shorten season and short offseason, we will need Emery to help Crawford stay freash for the playoffs next year. I’m sure coach Q and bowman have already discussed that issue.

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