A few weeks ago, the prospects of this deal was brought up with a report from TSN.ca saying that the Flyers are interested in Emery, that was during the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes series.
Emery was playing with HC Atlanta Moscow Oblast of the KHL this past year after being chased out of the NHL with his diva attitude and his personality. In Russia, he won 22 games and lost 8 while having a 1.86 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
I know its Russia, but those are some pretty good numbers in a league that has Jaromir Jagr and other former NHL players. He deserves another shot in the National Hockey League and apparently, the Flyers are going to give it to him.
In his last season with the Ottawa Senators, he was 12-13-4 with a 3.13 GAA and a .890 save percentage, along with some other off-the-ice issues that basically got him out of the NHL. He left for Russia, and may have matured, I don't know.
Everyone deserve a second chance, and Emery does too. Remember, this guy brought the Senators to the Stanley Cup in the 2006-07 NHL season, even though the Sens lost 4-1 to the Anaheim Ducks.
In that season, Emery was 33-16-6 with a 2.47 GAA and .918 save percentage. He also had five shutouts.
With the signing, that means Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki are most likely not returning to the Flyers this upcoming year. Obviously, the Flyers don't think either can be a No. 1 goalie since they went with Emery, who has proved in the past that he can win it all despite not winning the Cup.
There are off-the-ice problems that come with Emery and some on-the-ice problems as well, but if they can be fixed, Emery could be a huge addition to the Flyers. Lets hope they are fixed!
Like it or not, Ray Emery will be minding the net for the Philadelphia Flyers next season, most likely, and I am excited to see what he can do, but I know most Flyers fans will not be happy with this signing—at first.
I actually like this move because its a high risk and a higher reward type move, and if his cap hit proves to be considerably lower than what Biron's or Niittymaki's would be, I think this move can help lead to other moves such as acquiring a 30-minute-a-night a.
There's a concept in Economics: The higher the risk, the higher potential reward, the lower the risk, the lower potential reward.
I am one who likes to take risks, and this risk is appealing to me, I just hope all you fans out there give him a chance to prove himself before you make your judgement on the move.