Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Benefits of Ray Emery Coming to Training Camp

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Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Benefits of Ray Emery Coming to Training Camp
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Ray Emery will attend the Chicago Blackhawks September training camp on a tryout basis, ESPN's Scott Burnside reported Wednesday, marking the next stop on an already miraculous trail.

Regarded by many as the top remaining goaltender on the free agent market, Emery will compete with rookie Alexander Salak for the backup role behind Corey Crawford. 

It won't be the first fight he's had (ask Josh Gratton, or Marty Biron and Andrew Peters). And it certainly won't be the most adversity he's faced, as it was just over a year ago Emery was diagnosed with "avascular necrosis," the same degenerative bone condition that derailed Bo Jackson's career.

The netminder somehow found a way to resume playing hockey and returned to the NHL last March with the Ducks. Emery was vital to Anaheim's late-season surge while Jonas Hiller was out with vertigo, and showed down the stretch how good he can be when he's right.

Several teams in need of help in goal, including the Ducks, have made the decision to pass on him. And apparently, thought Alex Auld and Peter Budaj were better options.

Meanwhile Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks have spent the summer reloading for another run at the Cup. Bringing in Emery, who will turn 29 in September, is just the latest low-risk, high-reward move for the Hawks.

They'll look to become fast friends at camp. Here are a few benefits.

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