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Current Salary: $500,000
In March 2010, while playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, Ray Emery was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, a disease that where bone cells die due to a lack of blood supply. He had to undergo a bone graft surgery and it was uncertain if he would ever be able to play again.
Luckily, the surgery was a complete success, but it still took Emery nearly a full year of rehab before getting back to playing level.
On February 7, he signed a contract with the Anaheim Ducks for the balance of the season, and he spent the next month in the minors on a conditioning assignment.
Emery was recalled, and played his first game on March 13. Since then, he's posted a 7-2 record with a 2.28 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage.
Emery led the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, and is still a reliable option for teams needing goaltending help.
At this point in his career, Emery is probably best suited to playing in a time-splitting tandem, rather than as a starter expected to play 65-70 games.