Flyers admit Emery is on their radar
Former Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery could be in the crease for the Philadelphia Flyers next season, according to a report.
The Philadelphia Daily News reported on Wednesday that Emery would likely sign with the club in the summer, though Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren would only admit he is under consideration.
"We are having internal discussions on a lot of things," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the newspaper. "Ray Emery is one of them. I'm not going to comment on our internal discussions."
The Flyers cannot sign Emery until July 1 free agency period begins.
Emery, who turns 27 in September, spent the past season playing for Atlant Mytishchi of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia after there were no NHL takers following his split with Ottawa. He finished with a 22-8-0 record, 2.12 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in Russia.
He signed a two-year deal which allowed him the opportunity to seek North American work in between seasons.
The native of Hamilton, Ont., is 71-40-14 lifetime with a 2.71 goals-against average and eight shutouts in 134 NHL games.
The netminder was waived by the Ottawa Senators one year ago after a tumultuous 2007-08 season.
Emery helped lead the team to the Stanley Cup final the previous season, but then a wrist injury and a series of discipline issues led to dissension within the dressing room. His goals-against average ballooned to 3.13, with a lowly .890 save percentage in 31 games in his last NHL campaign.
He still had two years left on his contract when the Senators severed ties.
Philadelphia goaltender Martin Biron and Antero Niitymaki are both unrestricted free agents this summer. Biron made $3.5 million US last season, while Niitymaki earning $1.225 million.