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Ducks call up Emery, will backup Wednesday

Wednesday, 02.23.2011 / 12:22 PM / News

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Ducks call up Emery, will backup Wednesday
The Ducks have called up Ray Emery, who will backup Wednesday night.
The Anaheim Ducks called up goaltender Ray Emery from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on Wednesday.

The Ducks signed signed Emery two weeks ago and assigned him to Syracuse, where he went 2-1-0 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in three games. He is expected to arrive in Anaheim in time for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings and serve as a backup.

"We felt there was an opportunity for him to go to Syracuse, get some games underneath him," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "Obviously we didn't think (the call-up) was going to be this quick, but he's played three hockey games and he's played very well in them. He's in a situation where if we need him, we're not afraid to put him in the net.

Emery hasn't played an NHL game since Feb. 1, 2010, when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He had surgery in April to repair avascular necrosis in his right hip, a condition which saw the near-complete degradation of the top of the ball in his hip joint.

Emery became a necessity for the Ducks after All-Star goaltender Jonas Hiller was sidelined with a fatigue problems for most of February and backup Curtis McElhinney allowed 16 goals in his past three starts.

"The reason he was signed was this specific reason. We felt if we had any issues with goaltending injuries, that he was a viable option for us," Carlyle said. "He's worked himself back into excellent condition. He's ready to restart his career."

Hiller spoke to reporters Wednesday to update his progress. Doctors told him he doesn't have a concussion.

"They're saying it's kind of vertigo," Hiller said. "I defintely feel better than I did a couple days ago, but I still don't feel like it's 100 percent. We'll see. Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to see how it goes on the ice."

Hiller said working out in the gym doesn't cause any problems because he doesn't have to move his head around all that much. There are no headaches, just frustration over not knowing how long it will take to be healthy again.

"It's not like when you break something you know it's broken and it takes a certain amount of time and it should be good again. That's the tough part," Hiller said. "They couldn't really tell me where it's coming from. That's the tough part, not knowing where it's coming from.

"I'm getting some treatment. It seems to work but it just takes time. It's nothing where you can switch a button and everything's good again. I guess it just takes it's time."

Hiller said if he could play with his symptoms, he would.

"I was hoping to be able to play through it, but it's not like something else where something hurts and you can play through it and it still gets better," Hiller said. "It went the opposite way. I felt worse after the game. It was defintely a sign for me that something's still not good."

Emery's best season in the NHL was 2006-07 with the Ottawa Senators. He went 33-16-6 with a 2.47 GAA and .917 save percentage in the regular season and backstopped the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final.
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