Monday, October 03, 2011

Blackhawks Sign Emery

After a long training camp and preseason on a professional tryout, Ray Emery has finally signed a 1-year deal to play with the Chicago Blackhawks, likely to back up number one goalie Cory Crawford.  Emery signed a 1-year deal, which is a one-way deal, reportedly worth $600,000 for the year.

Emery returned to the NHL after a stint in the KHL and some major hip surgery last season with the Anaheim Ducks, playing well while Jonas Hiller was down and out with his vertigo problems.  Emery recorded 7 wins with the Ducks in his return and could now be poised for a lot more action, assuming that he stays healthy in the back-up role.

ImplicationsIt was almost a sucker's bet not to put Emery on the selection sheet, so he is there in Box 16, finally getting a player decision right on this sheet this season.  Emery beat out prospect Alexander Salak for the back-up job, which would have been embarrassing if he had lost the job interview.  Feel free to pick Emery on the sheet, if you wish.

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