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Philly’s Emery ‘one hundred percent’ OK with goalie platoon

Jul 14, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

Ray Emery AP

Ray Emery‘s return to Philadelphia comes in a different situation than his first tour of duty.

Back in 2009-2010, Emery was expected to carry the load in goal. Now he joins Steve Mason as part of the duo that hopes to do better than Ilya Bryzgalov had the previous two seasons.

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer finds out that if Emery has to platoon this season, he supports it.

“One hundred percent,” he said. “. . . It’s more about the relationship. That’s not to say one guy doesn’t play tons and one guy plays fewer, but it’s more about making it comfortable and that you get the most out of both guys.”

You have to think Emery learned that approach this past season in Chicago where he and Corey Crawford teamed up to win the Jennings Trophy as the top goaltending tandem in the league. Even when the Vezina Trophy votes were announced, Emery wound up getting a first-place vote despite being Crawford’s backup all year.

If this approach can work for Mason and egos can take a back seat, maybe this can actually work out for the Flyers.

  1. chazxcore - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    They both realize its a competition. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have taken 1 year deals.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Emery can never be a full time goalie anymore. The most playing time he can get is in a platoon situation.

  2. mianfr - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    More importantly, I think Emery realizes it’s too much of a health risk to be “the man” in goal and realizes splitting time is a great way to expend his career.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    That’s why he was a better option than Thomas, Halak, or Nabakov. Those guys would probably make a stink if they weren’t receiving the majority of starts, while Emery is all about the team. Plus he’s not afraid to mentor Mason. Looking forward to seeing the tandem in action.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      I agree. I think all of us want Mason to take the reigns just because of his age and potential. It would have been nice if Emery worked out the first time. Maybe 2010 would’ve had a different ending…

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        Last night on NHLNetwork, they were showing classic Cup finals… Chicago/Philly 2010. Heartbreaker for us. Leighton essentially won the series for Chicago (not even including Kanes clincher). He let in atleast 5-7 goals that any competant goalie would’ve stopped. Every time Chicago scored, The Flyers would score right back. The teams were evenly matched, but Niemi (still struggled a bit) outplayed LEIGHTON by a mile. If the Flyers had anyone not named Leighton or Boucher in goal it would’ve gone to game 7. After that, who knows. Competant goaltending and the Flyers take that Cup. Instead we’re stuck with “1975” for god knows how long.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        Haha I was watching the same thing Saturday morning. Well, I watched the BOS series but switched the channel right before the CHI series started. Yea, Leighton definitely saved his worst for last. Like you said, neither goal was fantastic but Uncle Niemi was clearly the better ‘tender. I just hope that the Flyers, media and fans give Mason a chance ha. There is a reason why goalies don’t do good here.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    What i don’t get is then why he left the Hawks – same situation that worked well, could have gotten a raise over what he made last 2 years.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      I hear you but Crawford had such a good playoff run, he would be the clear cut number 1 and get the overwhelming majority of starts, in philly, who knows

    • biasedhomer - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      I think the Hawks didn’t want him back. When you have a #1 goalie like Crawford, you don’t need a guy like Emery in the shadows.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Ah, but that is close behind. I don’t expect Rannta to be in the AHL > 1 year. So the resolution is only for a year, and I’d rather have Emery than NK.

  5. girouxed - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I wish us luck.

  6. herc883 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I haven’t been this optimistic about a Flyers goalie tandem since… Forever.

    • narfmoo12 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Actually… Cechmanek and Esche were two pretty good goalies from 1999-2004.

  7. mattyg89 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    They are both good goalies, but so was Bryz when he went to Philly. Maybe the problem isn’t their goaltending but their gameplay style and the defense in front.

  8. blackhawks2010 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Razor is a team player. Best luck in Philly E.

  9. narfmoo12 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I love that the Flyers are paying Emery and Mason less than the Isles are paying just for Nabokov.

  10. garryjercia - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Why would anyone want to be ‘the guy’ behind that defense?

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