Ducks sign Goaltender Ray Emery

BY foxsports • February 7, 2011

Feb. 7, 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced Monday that the National Hockey League  club has signed goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year, two-way contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

"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).

On Tuesday morning, Emery cleared waivers and was assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim's primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, LW Aaron Voros has been placed on waivers and would clear at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning (PT).


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