Patience Is A Virtue: Why Ray Emery and The Flyers Don't Mix

Ken ArmerSenior Writer IJune 4, 2009

OTTAWA, CANADA - FEBRUARY 19:  Goaltender Ray Emery #1 of the Ottawa Senators faces the inside of his net during a break in NHL game action against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 19, 2008 at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Senators defeated the Flyers 3-2 in shootout overtime. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

“We have internal discussions about many players and their potential availability, including Ray Emery. I have spoken to his agent a few times about Ray as well. Any further speculation about this would be very premature.”

That's an odd statement from Paul Holmgren since most of the NHL has figured out it is all but a done deal with the Flyers and Emery. Regardless I digress on this point.

Has Paul Holmgrem forgotten the Sean Avery like behavior of Ray Emery? If anything Emery is even more of a distraction than his Vogue editing compadre'. I should know from fan experience the damage Sean Avery can do to an organization. I was warned by Rangers fans, and I didn't listen. Flyers fan's, please tune your eyes.

Am I a Flyers expert? No. Am I an Emery expert? No. But even basic human logic pinpoints the target of Emery so early on the Flyers offseason as a poor choice. Yes, the Flyers are in a major mess due to cap issues and free agent goaltenders, that is without a doubt.

The Flyers should not jump the gun on Emery, and instead proceed with caution. If he is so cheap the Flyers can afford him then clearly their should be concerns. Additionally, goaltenders last free agent season were not a hot selling point, with patience the Flyers could get a real bargain without having to dump much cap wise.

Am I saying I have the answers? Far from it, this is a heck of a mess I don't envy Holmgren for being in. But patience would be a good concept for the Flyers organization.

For now the Flyers don't have to find an answer to their goaltending woes. The offseason in most respects hasn't even officially started so the jump on the Emery band-wagon confuses me after his past behavior.

The likely-hood of losing Martin Biron is almost a for sure deal, but a healthy Nittymaki on paper would make a top-notch starter. The Flyers have a lot of top notch players outside of the crease that could be shopped.

Joffrey Lupul makes a lot of money that he may or may not be worth, depending on who you ask. One or two smart moves could land Nittymaki, or even Biron back in Philly. Ending any true issues in the crease, the most important of positions for a Stanley Cup.

If it ain't broke, don't fix a goaltending situation long before the issue must be truly addressed only causes more problems down the road. Jumping the gun could hurt the Flyers for the short and long term much like Avery and the Dallas Stars.

Some will point out I am forgetting the talent Emery has. True, but why take the chance on a man basically run out of the NHL for his attitude? I feel confident I could get an Ottawa Senators fan to back me up on the anti-Emery argument.

Benjamin Franklin once said "He that can have patience can have what he will." Paul Holmgren should take this to heart.

Ken Armer is a Community Leader for the NHL and the Dallas Stars for Bleacher Report. He also is a writer for He can be contacted at