When July 1 rolls around, the Flyers are going to have to find a No. 1 goaltender, and with the reports breaking that they are going to sign Ray Emery, there have been a lot of doubters and haters of this move.
Well, to me, it makes total sense and it could potentially be a great signing.
I have come up with five reasons why it makes sense to me including a honorable mention. So here it is:
Ray Emery has led a NHL team to the Stanley Cup Finals before. He did it with the Ottawa Senators in 2006-07 NHL season, granted, the Sens lost 4-1 to the Anaheim Ducks but Emery did bring them there.
He has done it before, who says he can't do it again?
Who else is available to be the No. 1 goalie for the Flyers? There aren't any free agent goalies that impress me a whole lot and since Biron is the best guy out there, well that just says enough for itself.
Would you rather have old-man Nikolai Khabibulin? How about Craig Anderson or Scott Clemmensen? Really, there isn't much on the free agent market.
Of course, you could trade for Jean-Sebastian Giguere and his cap hit, which I'd rather not pay, in a deal that would likely cost you Joffrey Lupul and James vanRiemsdyk for a guy who was benched for a rookie.
Or you can go trade for Kari Lehtonen, which would cost you vanRiemsdyk, who hasn't lived up to his "potential" and quite frankly, hasn't shown anything that he can be the guy.
So would you rather give Martin Biron a long-term contract worth $5 million and all those questions that just get annoying or would you want to sign Emery, who won't cost you much, and have all the fun with his personality?
His personality will be fun for the media and the fans, at times. He has a temper, he has an edge, he's a loose canon.
Sure, he'll be a headache at times, but Paul Holmgren won't have it.
If Homer sees him starting to get into a funk in his attitude or his actions, I'm sure that he'll step hm and say something.
But all in all, he's going to be fun to watch, let's just enjoy the ride (hopefully a good one)!
The Flyers were up against the cap all of last season and that cost them some good players such as Glen Metropolit, Scottie Upshall and Ossi Vaananen. This off-season, the Flyers have a few things they need to change, that includes their starting goalie.
Both Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki are unrestricted free agents, and while Niittymaki has a chance of resigning with the Flyers, Biron is likely gone since he wants $5 million and a long term deal, which the Flyers don't have interest in either.
So whose out on the free agent market? Anyone better than Biron? No, but there is a guy named Ray Emery who will not cost much but COULD give a huge input on the team next year.
Emery gives the Flyers some more cap relief, while not a lot, but his expected 1.2-1.5 salary is considerably lower than Biron's wants. That's the No. 1 reason why I think signing Emery makes sense.
This kind of goes hand-in-hand with No. 2, but it gives the Flyers a little more flexibility to go get a top defensemen that they need.
Everyone knows that they love Jay Bouwmeester, ad desperately want him, but they have some cap issues in front of them from potentially signing him.
By signing Emery, the Flyers will have $2 million-$3 million more to spend than having to resign Biron and along with a trade or two here to free up some more space, the Flyers can go get Bouwmeester MUCH easier now.
Or they can go get Francois Beauchemin or Mike Komisarek, or even go trade for Chris Pronger, who knows.
But it does give the Flyers a little more flexibility to spend their little cap space on what they want.
Signing Emery is a high risk but at the same time with that risk, there is an even HIGHER REWARD.
Emery has the talent, the athleticism, everything is there, he just needs to put it all together and mature. He deserves another chance, and he'll get one.
The salary isn't the risk, it's the potential he blows up and becomes a huge distraction.
But the reward is a great goalie who will win the Flyers a lot of hockey games and potentially help them get where they want to be.