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Flyers fill net by re-signing Emery, inking Zepp

Jul 1, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery deflects the puck over his head during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek) AP

The Flyers shored up their goaltending depth on the opening day of free agency, bringing back Ray Emery for another year as Steve Mason‘s backup while bringing over former NHL draftee and German league netminder Robb Zepp.

Emery, 31, went 9-12-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage last season, his first in Philadelphia. The veteran then saw limited action in the team’s opening round playoff loss to the Rangers and took a bit of a haircut to return next year — last season, Emery made $1.65 million and in 2014-15, he’ll make $1 million flat (as the Flyers are up against the salary cap ceiling.)

As for Zepp…he’s a 32-year-old journeyman that was drafted once in ’99 (by Atlanta) and again in ’01 (by Carolina). He’s spent the last seven years playing for Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga — the top circuit in Germany — and posted a 2.39 GAA last season with a .931 save percentage.

  1. blynasty - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I just feel like if the flyers were an NFL team Sebastian Janilowski would be their kicker. Ray Emery just seems to belong in that kind of group.

    • orangandblack - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Solid contribution

  2. iwt5007 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    As a Flyers fan it’s tough to watch this Free Agent frenzy go by without anything interesting happening for us, we could certainly use a winger or a D-man. This is the direct result of Holmgren’s madness. It must be nice to get promoted and leave someone else to clean up your mess…$tard!

    • sizzle299 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      I’m already getting tired of all the Flyers fans trashing Homer and putting Hexy on some pedestal in post after post. Homer made some bad deals. He also made some good deals, can’t deny that.

      So far the one big thing Hexy did (Hartnell for Umberger) isn’t a body of work I’d be proud of. He’s not making moves not because of Holmgren’s “madness”, but because he’s not making moves of his own doing. The way he is playing the Vinny situation is totally wrong also, but that’s for another post.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        I’m an outsider, but I always viewed the Flyers under Holmgren as a guy constantly trying to amass parts, not team building parts but just parts. Get a bunch one year, they didn’t work move some of those out and bring in several more. Lecavalier being a perfect example, the Flyers had other glaring needs but Holmgren saw a piece that was once shiny and gave him a contract that would be tough to trade even if he hadn’t given him a full NMC.

        Now compare that to the Kings where they built a solid core and then added to that via trades that make sense. With Hextall coming from the Kings and being given a large amount of credit for the players they drafted and developed it looks like that’s the path he want to take the Flyers on.

      • iwt5007 - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        I’m not putting Hexy on a pedestal, by any means. He’s been here for what 3-4 months; he has alot to learn. I’m not denying Holmgren made some good moves either, he certainly did but you can’t deny that he didn’t make some questionable and even bad moves that are now currently crippling Hexy’s ability to do anything meaningful. So tell me, how would you handle the Vinny situation, being that he has a NTC and will most likely refuse a trade to anyone who is not an immediate contender. Please enlighten me and the rest of Flyers nation, as we are all curious of a solution. There’s not much Hexy can do when a trade with Nashville falls apart last minute.

      • sizzle299 - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        He’s hanging Vinny out to dry and showing pure desperation to get rid of him. The effect of that is two-fold, flyer nation, 1) teams will take advantage of you because you’ve tipped your hand as you are stinky sweaty desperate, and 2) on the chance that you don’t make a deal and have to keep Vinny, you’ve just treated him like crap and humiliated him publically. Great for locker room morale…. Both could have been avoided with a little tact. That in itself is a solution, not to hamstring yourself for no reason.

        To address your other point, Hexy is not crippled, in fact, he’s making a decision to hang onto the younger core players that Holmgren brought in. Those players are gonna get these same contracts from Hexy in a few years. Every team has bad contracts with veteran players- you need to give them the contracts so they sign with your team, its not a unique Flyer problem. Look at the contracts being doled out today- for example. It’s not Holmgren’s fault the team can’t show up for two consecutive periods or games. If they did, you’d be loving those contracts.

        I’m not going to be one of the fans in the pile-up on Homer- sorry. Obviously a lot of you disagree. All sorts.

      • flyboystransport - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Who put the flyers in the cap position they’re in, hextall or holmgren?

      • iwt5007 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Thank you!

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      There isn’t much there worth bringing in…

  3. ravanator - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    This team should be looking for a new starting goalie. I quess the Flyers just don’t care about winning the cup. Another reason it is a great time to be a Caps fan. Cheers!


    • rideordie49ers - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      ^^^^^ Donk

    • timmylaz99 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Yeah, you just spent 27 million on a pylon named Orpik – great day indeed!

      • goodolejr - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        And $40.25M on Niskanen. LOLOLOLOL Caps.

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Funny part is Orpik is better then any Flyer D-man they have on their roster right now

      • flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        lol not true, I view the Flyers defense pretty poorly but Orpik is definitely not better than all of them

    • SergeantKabukiMan - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Might wanna layoff the alcohol for a bit.

    • mcphillthy - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      If we had a meets or exceeds expectations in any department last season it was definitely our goaltending.
      You are a moron. Philly fans (intelligent ones anyway) are more than happy with Mason. Even with our bad defense the guy still looked good. He stole points that we had no business winning. That guy singlehandedly won games for my orange and black. Mason was by far the most unexpected surprise of the season.
      You damn fool.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Did you really just 1975 the Flyers when the Caps have never won a cup?

    • coopjr - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM


    • laxman1944 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Nice…..OVER pay Orpick (old and slow)…….7 freaking years for Niskanen who has one good year???

      Another reason to watch Caps crash and burn…….”Here’s mud in your eye”


  4. jpat2424 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    No cup with that combo. See ya 2015-16 season flyers fans.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      howso? had the Flyers had Mason healthy for the first few games of that series, it may have turned out differently. Mason played lights out for an entire season. I wish they made a play for a different backup, but all they have to get out of Emery is some help GETTING to the playoffs, and Mason can take it from there.

      • timmylaz99 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Keep drinking the cool-aid! By mid-season you’ll be looking for a new tender.

    • flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Didn’t realize a back up decided cup or no cup, the flyers aren’t going to win the cup for other reasons, goaltending isn’t one if them

  5. maalea - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Go back to Profootballtalk. Troll.

  6. flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Can’t complain for only a million

  7. President Charles Logan - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    you know they will be pressured from old man snider to do something big eventually …

    • goodolejr - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Yeah and what a HUGE deal it was…

      • goodolejr - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Bahahaha ignore that…I can’t read.

  8. patthehockeyfan - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Emery re-signs for a year. Braden Holtby just threw up.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Holtby is due for another beating.

  9. upper90cheese - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Ray Emery has multiple tours e the Glyers under his belt. Not his first year. Do some research.

  10. kastout11 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Hextall certainly has holes to fill. I cannot criticize Homer much, every GM makes some moves that are questionable. I think most of his moves worked, but a few did not. The Vinny move is the one that really hurts now though. The Flyers are not that far away. I think they need a few pieces and having 4.5M this year would help. As long as Vinny plays well the 1st half on the upcoming season,, I think they could reach deal him at the deadline.

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