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Ducks Sign Goaltender Emery to Two-Way Contract

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have signed goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year, two-way contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. The Ducks have the intention of assigning Emery to Syracuse of the AHL. Emery will be placed on NHL Waivers this morning at 9 a.m. (PT) and would clear at 9 a.m. (PT) on Tuesday morning.

“Ray Emery has been a solid NHL netminder for several years and is only 28 years old,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We are going to give him a chance to go to Syracuse and establish himself again. He’s worked hard to get back into shape and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Emery, 28 (9/28/82) has yet to play hockey in 2010-11 after recovering from hip surgery that was performed in April 2010. He appeared in 29 contests with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009-10, posting a 16-11-1 record with a 2.64 goals-against average (GAA) and .905 save percentage (SV%). He had a five-game winning streak from Oct. 31-Nov. 12, 2009, compiling a 1.38 GAA (7 GA/305 MIN) and .954 SV% (145-of-152) during that span. In addition, the 6-2, 196-pound netminder posted shutouts on three different occasions in 2009-10 for the Flyers, including a 28-save performance to open the season on Oct. 2, 2009 at Carolina (2-0) and an 18-save effort in his final game of the season on Feb. 1, 2010 at Calgary (3-0).

A native of Cayuga, Ontario, Emery appeared in five NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators from 2003-08. He had a career year in 2006-07, when he posted a 33-16-6 record with a 2.47 GAA and .918 SV% in 58 regular season games. Emery ranked tied for sixth in shutouts (5) and tied for seventh in SV% on the season. His 43 saves on Dec. 12, 2006 vs. Detroit was a club record for saves by a goaltender in a regulation win. Emery played an instrumental role in the club’s 2007 postseason run, helping the Senators advance to the Stanley Cup Final vs. Anaheim with a 13-7 record and 2.26 GAA in 20 contests. In 2005-06, Emery set an NHL record for the longest winning streak (nine wins) by a goaltender to start his career (one win in 2002-03, two wins in 2003-04 and six wins in 2005-06). In March of 2006, his 12 victories (12-2-2) tied an NHL record for most wins in one month.

Selected by Ottawa in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Emery has appeared in 163 career NHL games with the Senators and Flyers, compiling an 87-51-15 record with a 2.70 GAA and .907 SV%. He signed a one-year contract on July 9, 2008 to play with Mytischi of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), where he recorded a 2.12 GAA in 36 games. Emery has also appeared in 157 career American Hockey League (AHL) contests with a 77-50-18 record and 2.52 GAA. In his first AHL season in 2002-03, he earned All-Rookie Team honors, while ranking second in the AHL in wins (27), tied for first in shutouts (7) and fourth in minutes (2924).

Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray spoke with reporters during the team's Monday morning practice at Honda Center.

On making sure Emery checked out physically
We had to check with the trainer and we had our doctor make a phone call. We had our goalie coach make a phone call to his goalie coach. We did all the things we could to be sure. You’ll never be sure until he plays games. He has to get in games and play in some games. He hasn’t played in a long time. We won’t be sure until then.

On seeing him practice in person
We had people see him. He has been working out in Brampton and Ottawa. His goalie coach and trainer are pretty confident he is ready for the next step, so we’ll go with that.

On making the move
We have no problems with our goaltending here. Our goaltending here is very good. Our kids haven’t taken a step we thought they were going to take. We haven’t given up. It’s just we’re in the middle of a fight here. If you look back at our history, every time we get to this position, we get a goalie late in the year to help out our organization. This would be the third or fourth time. This is not something new. We started looking back in December and a few things didn’t work out. All of the sudden they said Ray was ready to go, so we didn’t have to give up anything to do this.

Just look at Jonas right now. In case something happens, we wanted to be comfortable going forward.

Ray is a competitor. He always competes when he plays. He has had some problems in the past, but from all of our background work, he has grown up a bunch in the last couple of years.

He wants to play and get his career back on track. We’re giving him this opportunity to get his career going again. It’s a win-win here.

On Emery being on waivers
He hasn’t played and has been injured. If they want to put him right on their roster, use one of their roster spots and the cap space, he’s on a two-way contract. They can go ahead and it. It’s different than (Evgeni) Nabokov.  Nabokov played this year and they knew he was healthy. It’s a whole different situation. It might happen.

On Hiller
We’re ruling out things as we go. He feels a little bit better today, but we wanted to try something else today. He has gone to see the doctor. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.  If it was a concussion from the puck in the All-Star, we had to rule out that. He’s having no concussion symptoms. He was just talking to me. He says he feels fine, but just a little off. We don’t want to put a goalie in net, who is just a little off.

On McElhinney
That is why I said our goaltending here is good. We are really happy. It’s great for the team and it’s great for Curtis. These injuries, to Getzy and Jonas, they are good for this team because they are bonding together.
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