After several days of scuttlebutt, the Ducks officially announced the signing of Ray Emery, the man in the losing net when the Ottawa Senators lost to Anaheim in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals.
The scuttlebutt isn’t over. Emery must pass through waivers before the Ducks can bring Emery aboard and assign him to American Hockey League affiliate Syracuse. Emery’s two-way contract pays $500,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the minors.
“Ray Emery has been a solid NHL netminder for several years and is only
28 years old,” Ducks general manager Bob
Murray said in a statement. “We are going to give him a chance to go to Syracuse and
establish himself again. He’s worked hard to get back into shape and we
are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”
Emery hasn’t played in 2010-11 while recovering from hip surgery that was performed in April of last year. In 29 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, Emery went 16-11-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry, said last week that the goalie has worked hard to allay concerns about his health and could be ready to play in an AHL game Friday.