As reported by Adam Jahns earlier today, the Blackhawks have reached a contract will G Ray Emery. The contract is a 1 year, $600K deal, $100K higher than what Emery received from the Ducks last year. Ray Emery was at camp with the Hawks on a try-out playing just well enough to earn a contract. He was drafted 99th overall in the 4th round of the 2001 NHL entry draft by the Ottawa Senators. In 2010/11, he posted a 7-2 record in 10 regular season games with the Ducks which included a 2.28 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. As we all know, Emery has had a past with injury’s. In the 2009/10 season while playing for the Flyers, GM Paul Holmgren announced that he would be done for the remainder of the season due to the diagnosis of “Avascular Necrosis”. In April of 2010, the doctors announced that Emery had an extremely successful surgery to remove the disease. In August, he was given the green light to start his rehabilitation process. On February 7th, 2011, Emery’s dream of coming back to the NHL came true when he signed a 1 year, 2-way contract with the Ducks. On February 23rd, after playing 3 games with the Syracuse Crunch, the Ducks recalled Emery. On March 11th, he made his Ducks debut after replacing G Dan Ellis against the Coyotes. In his first NHL start after the injury, he earned a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. He would fall just one win shy of the Ducks record for most consecutive wins by a goaltender winning his first 6 games before losing 4-2 against the Sharks. To conclude this cinderella story, Emery should have another solid year backing up Corey Crawford for the Hawks.
You decide: Will Emery have another solid season?
Will he challenge Crawford half way through the season for the #1 job?
Will he prove that he can be a #1 goaltender once again in this league?
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