Monday, February 7, 2011

Emery Signs With Ducks

 According to Darren Dreger:
Emery signs 2-way contract with Anaheim. Will be on waivers at noon. $500,000 (NHL). $105,000 (AhL).
Emery didn't have to clear waivers if the Ducks planned on keeping him in the NHL. But, the plan is to send him to the AHL for a couple of weeks to get his conditioning up to par and get his game up to the standards needed to play in the NHL again. I'm assuming that if Emery proves himself down in the minors that he'll be recalled and current Ducks backup Curtis McElhinney will be the odd man out either he'll be traded or a much more likely scenario, be sent down to the AHL.

For those wondering why Emery disappeared for a while and wasn't re-signed in Philly it's because for a while there was concern that Emery would not be able to play hockey again. Prior to the season CSNPhilly had this update on Emery, "It’s not known whether Emery will ever play competitively again. He has AVN disease in his hip."

Ray Emery may have a troubled past, but I wish him the best of luck on his attempted comeback in the NHL.

Now the only question is if he'll refuse to report to Long Island when the Islanders claim him?  :)

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