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Blackhawks sign Ray Emery as back-up goalie

Monday, 10.03.2011 / 4:40 PM / News

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Blackhawks sign Ray Emery as back-up goalie
Ray Emery won the backup goaltender job with the Chicago Blackhawks, agreeing to terms with the team on a one-year contract Monday worth a reported $600,000.
Ray Emery won the backup goaltender job with the Chicago Blackhawks, agreeing to terms with the team on a one-year contract Monday worth a reported $600,000.

The 29-year-old Emery entered camp battling Alexander Salak for the right to back-up incumbent starter Corey Crawford. Salak outplayed Emery during the preseason, allowing four goals in 124 minutes compared to Emery's nine goals in 159 minutes, but the Blackhawks went with the more experienced goaltender.

"We're in the fortunate position to have to make a difficult decision on two netminders that impressed throughout our entire training camp," said Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman. "Having both Ray Emery and Alexander Salak as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization makes us stronger in both the short-term and long-term."

After returning last season from a career-threatening hip injury, Emery went 7-2-0 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 10 regular-season games with the Anaheim Ducks. He also played in six postseason games -- starting five -- and posting a 3.20 GAA and .897 save percentage.
 
In 173 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Ducks, Emery has 94 wins, a 2.67 GAA, .908 save percentage and 11 shutouts. He also backstopped the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.
 
Salak, 24, was sent to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
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