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Emery signs one-year deal with Flyers

Jul 5, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

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Ray Emery hasn’t been a full-time starter in the NHL since undergoing surgery for avascular necrosis in 2010, but he’ll get a chance to be number one next season for the Flyers.

The 30-year-old has signed a one-year, $1.65 million deal in Philadelphia, where he’ll compete with another newcomer, Steve Mason, for starting duties after the Flyers used one of their compliance buyouts on Ilya Bryzgalov.

Emery went a remarkable 17-1-0 (.922 save percentage) with the Blackhawks during the 2013 regular season before watching Corey Crawford help Chicago win the Stanley Cup.

Originally drafted by Ottawa in 2001, Emery backstopped the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, won by the Anaheim Ducks.

Emery already knows Philadelphia well; he started 29 games for the Flyers in 2009-10, going 16-11-1 with a .905 save percentage.

So…has Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren done his job and addressed his team’s goaltending?

Depends how you look at it. On the one hand, he’s got two experienced NHL netminders under contract. On the other, there are big questions about both of them. As mentioned, Emery hasn’t been a full-time starter for quite some time now. Meanwhile, Mason hasn’t had a good season since his rookie campaign in 2008-09.

  1. c1md6 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Emry welcome to the goaltender graveyard known as Philly.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      He was already there before in 2009,To hell and back? I guess

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    A guy who played well on one of the best defensive teams in the league. At least they did not sign him to 25 years or some crazy number.

    Flyers, work on your defense!

    • hockeyfan28 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      It’s Lavy’s system he could have Bobby Orr back there in his prime the flyers will still give up chances
      to prove that they had the 6th best penalty kill in the league you don’t usually have that being terrible up front

    • alexbaymac - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      As a Hawks fan, I’ll miss Ray. He has become a great TEAM player (unlike early in his career) & will fit well almost anywhere. Good luck in Philly & I’m glad you have your RING with the Hawks !!!

  3. jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Emery was my first choice since it appeared Philly wasn’t going to make a run for Khudobin.

    I had Halak as my 2nd choice after Ray.

    Glad we didn’t go after DiPietro, Nabokov or Thomas.

    • blackheart78 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Agree. Not much out there. Welcome back Razor.

  4. ibieiniid - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Lol wow…. how can there already be hate on this steal of a signing. Sometimes it seems NO signing will go uncriticized by flyers haters. Welcome back ray!

  5. mrpinkca - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    He’s certainly an improvement over Steve Mason.

    Definitely not the solution to 20 years of goalie problems though.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      It was kind of a thin class of FA goalies tho. Gotta love that they were able to make it just a 1 year deal to see what comes up next year.

      • hockeyfan28 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Well next year there is no.30 in New York…..hey you never know

  6. chazxcore - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Like it. I’ve always liked Emery. I assume the goalie that has the best year will get a 3-4 year deal next year.

    Now they need to work on their defense.

  7. girouxed - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Holy here-we-go-again batman!

  8. tcclark - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    This is a hell of a deal. Nabokov gets 3.25 million and Emery gets 1.65 after going 17-1? Where’s the Holmgren Hate? This is an amazing steal.

    • orangandblack - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Took the words right out of my mouth. Who knows if he’ll play at a number 1 level, but for $1.65 million, what a deal! I mean, sure Halak would have been nice, but at what cost? And Nabokov, Thomas, and Hedberg and all too damn old.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        What’s funny is that nabby signed his 1 year for (I forget the exact # already) at least 1mil more.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      i gotta agree somewhat. emery went 17-1…as a back-up for the presidents trophy, stanley cup winning hawks. he has injury issues that keep him from bearing a full season workload so 1.65 is a good price for the amount of time he will play.

      • tcclark - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Yes but you’re thinking logically. This is Free Agency. Logic goes out the window. You have to look at market value. A 39 year old goalie just signed for 3.25 million. 1.65 million is a major bargain for a goalie with the numbers he put up last year.

  9. hy3rid28 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    GREAT signing. Especially for that cap hit. Anyone with anything bad to say about this deal is just a flyers hater

    • letsgopens8771 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      I hate the Flyers and I think the Flyers got him for a very cheap price. What a steal. IMO Emery is worth 2.5-3 mil per and i think the Hawks were thinking the same thing. Slow down with the Holmgren praise though. You guys still need some defenders who aren’t older than dirt and can put in solid minutes. More to come.

  10. kingcobraman - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    good pick up…. easy on the payroll also

  11. jimw81 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM


    Emery/Mason – 3.15 million
    Nabokov – 3.25 million

  12. buddysguys - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    cool now they have 2 back up goaltenders….who’s the starter?

    • ibieiniid - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Lol you’re a moron. That’s what the season is for bud. Finding a starter between 2 new goalies. You can’t tell me you’ve never heard of a starting job battle

  13. chrisk61 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    flyers had a good off-season. drafted D-men. signed vinny lecav who most think still has lotsa gas left in the tank. and got the goalie they wanted in emery. flyers gave emery a shot to return to nhl a few seasons ago. his hip injury cost him his tenure in philly but he didn’t forget what the flyers did and returned the favor. emery and mason are better than bryzgalov who alienated many teammates, caused some guys to not want to play hard in front of him, was inconsistent and let in too many soft goals.

    overall i think flyers had great off season and should be vastly improved. but a couple final moves — need to acknowledge the defense needs revamping and dump coburn and meszaros. and secondarily i think couturier, read and b schenn are on the clock a bit and need to have solid seasons.

  14. kicksave1980 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Good signing for the Flyers. Was a big, underrated part of the Hawks dream season. I hope he goes in there and picks up where he left off. I’ll miss him in Chicago, though!

  15. joeyg88 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    They got a good deal. But still won’t make playoffs. Guaranteed!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      That’s funny cause I’d absolutely guarantee they will make the playoffs. Last season was a very flukey half season where everyone underachieved and they had terrible injury luck. But if it had been a full 82-game season they would’ve found a way in. They added arguably the top available forward in Lecavalier, the top defenseman (altho he’s more about offense) in Streit, and a competant vet to compete with Mason for the job. And they rid themselves of a cancer in Bryz. Vinny, Streit, and Razor all fill a need while also bringing excellent leadership qualities to the room. This team is way closer to the 100+pt version of a year ago than this past seasons debacle. They are a playoff team, no doubt.

  16. chrisk61 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    thomas is a flake. the american version of bryzgalov. flyers certainly don’t need that at this point.

    they need a team guy in goal. plain and simple.

  17. tgerhardt - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Great deal

  18. Habib Marwan - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    yep they got him cheap at a low risk -decent reward chance here. if he gets hurt or flops it’s not costing them anything dollars wise.

  19. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Congrads Philly fans, I was really hoping that he’d resign with the Hawks – our loss is your gain!

  20. blackhawks2010 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Pssst. Emery, you don’t have the defense of Chicago playing in front of you. Get ready to get lit up in Philly, everyone else does….

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Actually that’s not true. Mason had about a 1.90GAA and .940sv% in his short time in Philly, behind the same defense that Bryz struggled unbelievably with. Almost every player on the Flyers roster had a terrible season. If they simply bounce back and play the way they’re supposed to the defense (and team overall) will be much improved. It’s essentially the same defensive unit that held their own a year ago while the Flyers were a 100pt team. They really aren’t as terrible as everyone makes them out to be, they just had a terrible season.

  21. valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Smart move by Philly, not sure Ray’s body can hold up to be a starter but he’s solid for 30 games and a 1 year deal for 1.35 isn’t ever going to hurt.

  22. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Yep! No surprise!

    valoisjoeybfeld69 – Jun 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM
    Luongo is a very expensive risk. I would go with Emery.

  23. loosechange19 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Ill miss razor

    Was kinda hoping he’d resign with the hawks but it is what it is

    You guys got a great player

  24. blackhawksdynasty - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Best of luck to Emery in Philly. Thanx for helping bring Lord Stanley back to Chi-Town!

  25. claysbar - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Just keep seeing Bryz signing a contract with the Flyers next year while wearing Groucho Marx glasses after this fails and seeing Holmgren rubbing his chin in deep thought……

  26. deezenucks - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I’ve been a goalie for 20 years, so naturally I focus on the tender a lot when I watch games. Don’t hate the flyers or emery but he looks like a geriatric out there. The price is good but no way will he put up numbers like he did last year. Best of luck, it’ll be a split system in Philly and I can’t see either carrying a team to a cup but they will be competitive.

  27. dadeojax - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Hey Ray, Sorry to see you go anywhere where you are not a Blackhawk. You were a great team-player with the Bhawks. Hope you won’t be sorry for jumping ship.

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