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G Ray Emery back in the NHL @NHLdotcom

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Ray Emery is back in goal after hip surgery and headed for the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.

The feisty former goalie of the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators played three games for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League since signing as a free agent two weeks ago. He was called up on Wednesday by the Ducks.

Emery's checkered NHL career nearly came to an end last season with the Flyers. He wasn't playing well and was pulled from a game against the Washington Capitals after allowing five goals. Tests and an MRI showed a tear in his abdominal wall, and the condition had deteriorated to the point where surgery was the only option.

It was more than a tear, though. A second look at the MRI revealed some abnormalities on the right side of the femoral head. Emery was diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip, the same bone disorder that curtailed Bo Jackson's athletic career.

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