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Hip surgery will sideline Emery for rest of season

by Mike G. Morreale
Unless Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren is absolutely certain that goalies Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher are the answer, he might very well be adding an insurance policy between the pipes prior to Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.

Holmgren released a statement on the Flyers' Web site Tuesday afternoon confirming that Ray Emery is done for the season.

"Ray Emery will have surgery in the near future to repair his right hip," the statement said. "He is suffering from avascular necrosis and will have a bone graft done to alleviate his hip issues. Ray will be out for the remainder of the season."

It's the same type injury that hampered and ultimately ended the playing career of Bo Jackson. The surgery will require Emery to get a bone graf on his right hip.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Ruch at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. The date and time of the procedure have not yet been determined.

Prior to missing the last six Flyers games, Emery was 5-2-0 record with a 1.75 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in his last seven starts.

In 29 games this season, Emery is 16-11-1 with a 2.64 GAA, .905 save percentage and three shutouts. It's been quite a ride for Emery, who played parts of five seasons with the Ottawa Senators and one season with Atlant Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League, before signing a one-year deal with Philadelphia last June.

Emery posted a 71-40-14 mark with a 2.71 GAA in his five seasons with the Senators. He appeared in 30 playoff games and went 13-7 with a 2.26 GAA with three shutouts and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. In 36 regular-season games in the KHL last season, he went 22-8 with a 2.12 GAA and .926 save percentage.

Since being claimed off waivers by the Flyers on Dec. 15, Leighton has gone 12-3-1 with a 2.19 GAA and .925 save percentage. His 12th victory was not only a new career high, but it doubled his win total in a season with one team.

Boucher, who signed as a free agent on July 1, is 4-11-1 with a 2.84 GAA and .896 save percentage in 17 appearances for the Flyers this campaign.

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