Ray Emery, fresh off a Stanley Cup victory with the Chicago Blackhawks and a sparkling 17-1 record with a 1.94 goals against average, has decided to re-join the Philadelphia Flyers, the team that gave him an opportunity no one else would a few years ago when he tried to re-enter the NHL after playing in Russia.
Emery showed signs of being the no. 1 goalie for the Flyers before he had a serious hip injury that people and athletes alike often don’t walk away from yet alone play the sport of hockey at a high level.
Emery’s story is that of perseverance. Doctors told him he was done and could never play hockey again, but he ignored the doubters and decided to give hockey a go again and had his best season last year on the way to the Stanley Cup.
The Flyers hope that with Emery and Steve Mason they can have a young goalie tandem for years to come which can produce at a high level while not having to shell out a huge contract like they did with Illya Bryzgalov.
The Flyers have had a busy offseason. They signed veteran forward Vincent Lecavalier to man the second center position and even play wing alongside Claude Giroux at times. They re-signed their best and most important player, Giroux, to an 8-year extension, and now they hope to have solved their goalie woes by signing Emery and banking on Mason’s continued development. The goalie position has been in flux for the Flyers since the Ron Hextall days. They hope to have finally solved it in 2013. Stay tuned, hopefully the goalie carousel has come to a stop.