Goalie Ray Emery Likely to Sign with Philadelphia Flyers to Be Starter

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IJune 3, 2009

OTTAWA, CANADA- FEBRUARY 21:  Goaltender Ray Emery #1 of the Ottawa Senators looks to make a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their NHL game on February 21, 2008 at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Canada.  The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Negotiations have been heavy for the last couple days, but it's about to be official.

The Flyers will sign angered, former Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery to most likely be the starting netminder for the 2009-2010 season.

The Flyers GM Paul Holmgren declined to comment.

“We’ve had conversations with his agent about a lot of things,” Holmgren said. “But I’m not going to comment on our internal discussions of players.”

Emery's agent, J.P. Barry, has informed Comcast's Tim Panaccio that he is extremely confident that a deal will be reached.

"Paul (Holmgren) has done due diligence on Ray. I'm hopeful it will lead to a contract."

“Philadelphia has always had great teams, it’s a very good organization, and they certainly treat their players first class,” Murray said. “I think Ray, or whoever went there, falls into the groove a little bit. Ottawa was the same."

Last season, Emery played for Atlant Mytischi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He played like a Vezina Trophy candidate posting a 2.12 goals against average and .920 save percentage with a 22-8 record.

The question is: Does Emery deserve a second chance?

A unnamed GM in the NHL told CSNPhilly.com that he believes that, yes, of course he does.

“Every person deserves a second chance, and this guy has cleaned up his act,” the GM said. “Tell me you haven’t done something bad when you were younger and got a second chance? Why should Emery be any different?”

It obviously doesn't look good for Marin Biron. More on this when it becomes available.

Some quotes: Tim Panaccio CSNPhilly


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