The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed reserve goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year deal worth $1 million, the club announced on Tuesday.
Emery, 31, went 9-12-2 in 28 games with a 2.96 goals-against average and .903 save percentage as the backup to Steve Mason in his second stint with the Flyers after he was the backup to Corey Crawford with the Chicago Blackhawks when they won the Stanley Cup two seasons ago.
The deal won’t break the bank and it’s important to have an option you can trust should Mason suffer another injury and have to miss an extended amount of time.
The backup goalie signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million last year when he was pressed into a starting role in late in the year when Mason was injured and had to start the first three games of their series against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, going 1-2 with a 3.49 GAA and .888 save percentage.
Emery was sensational with the Blackhawks when he went 17-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA and .922 save percentage, but had a substantial dip in production as he was unable to maintain that lofty performance which was a clear outlier from his career averages.
He has a career record of 135-75-21 with a 2.66 GAA and .908 save percentage in 256 regular-season games over 10 years with the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, Blackhawks and Flyers.
Emery was not the only move the Flyers made between the pipes on the opening day of free agency as the team signed Rob Zepp to a one-year, two-way contract. The 32-year-old netminder spend the last seven seasons playing for the Berlin Polar Bears of the German Ice Hockey League,