Archive for Ray Emery

@sbaicker is Here to Answer Your Emery Questions:

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on February 7, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Couldn’t have said it better myself.

@DarrenDreger – Flyers Have Interest in Ray Emery

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 3, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…3) At least three NHL teams have expressed interest in goaltender Ray Emery.
Sources have confirmed both the Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers are in the mix as two of the three teams, however neither team is at a point where they’re prepared to make an offer to sign the unrestricted free agent. Although, the expectation is teams will make their move on Emery within the next 48 hours.

 

– Darren Dreger, The Dreger Report on TSN

…What?  Why?  Ray Emery was solid in Philly when he was healthy – there’s absolutely no doubting that fact.  Still, the team has moved forward with first the combination of Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher, and now the combo of Boosh and Sergei Bobrovsky.  I’m hoping this is far from true, but if it is factual – and there’s no reason when it comes from a credible source like Dreger to believe it’s not – then I hope Anaheim beats them to the punch.  Please.

CBC – Ray Emery is Coming Back

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on January 29, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

EMERY READY TO MAKE A COMEBACK

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: S-A-N-J-O-S-E.  Maybe a team that’s out of it will take a shot (Ottawa reunion perhaps?), but I really feel like the Sharks are calling Emery’s name.  With that being said, any team that signs him knows their taking a risk health-wise, because there always lingers the possibility that he’ll never be the same goaltender he once was.

@Real_ESPNLebrun ‘s Weekend Wrap

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on January 16, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

WEEKEND WRAP ON THE CROSS-CHECKS BLOG

…Despite the fact that his signing essentially played out to nothing, I am really cheering hard for Ray Emery to make a return to the NHL.  He played well last season before injuries ruined his year, and he deserves another shot.  I just can’t believe it had to come to Eric Lindros being the one to pepper him on the ice and get him back into playing shape.  I don’t think the Flyers will take a shot on him, but wouldn’t be shocked to see a team with goaltending woes like San Jose possibly take a chance and bring him in,putting him on their AHL roster.  When healthy, he has shown he can be great, after all.

Updates: Ray Emery Fighting for a Comeback

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on October 29, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Last summer, Ray Emery was the free-agent goaltender that many in Philadelphia hoped would be the answer to the Flyers’ long line of goaltending issues over the past couple decades.

When healthy last season, Ray Emery was a solid goaltender in Philadelphia

Instead, it turned out to be a huge mistake as Emery was diagnosed with a hip injury that not only ended his season, but put the remainder of his professional hockey career in doubt.  Still, the former Stanley Cup finalist goaltender is battling to get another NHL job.

While the name “Ray Emery” shouldn’t exactly warm your heart, this is a great story about a guy who wants to get back into the NHL.

Check of Pierre LeBrun’s article on Emery here: FIGHT TO PLAY NOT OVER FOR RAY EMERY

Player Report Card: Ray Emery

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on July 27, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

NAME: Ray Emery

POSITION: Goaltender

Regular Season Statistics: 29 Games Started – 16 Wins, 11 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss.  2.64 GAA, .905 SV% with 3 Shutouts

Analysis: Burdened with the pressure of finally being “the guy” in between the pipes in Philadelphia, Emery played relatively well until a series of injuries severely slowed down his season, ultimately rendering him useless and a regular on the Injured Reserve.  However, during his healthy moments, Emery wasn’t all that bad.  He ranked among the league leaders statistically before he went down with an injury, and even began his Flyers career in a positive fashion: blanking the Hurricanes 2-0 in the season opener this past October in Raleigh.  Emery would then proceed to win his next two games in route to a 3-0-0 start for the Flyers before he began to show signs of being merely a mortal.  Then, he began to show signs that he was merely average.  The injuries followed, and the frustration settled in.  From a little before the beginning of 2010 on, Ray Emery was nothing but a distant thought in Flyerdom.

Postseason Statistics: INJURED; DID NOT PARTICIPATE

FINAL GRADE: INCOMPLETE

Reasoning: Perhaps the saddest part about all this?  Ray Emery will never see his report card become complete.  His injuries did him in, and he’s been ushered out with a concern over his ability to stay healthy and replaced by a journeyman minor-leaguer who caught lightning in a bottle at the right time, and a 33 year old career back-up.  He won’t be competing in the National Hockey League this season, and it is a shame that’s the case.  Instead, Emery likely won’t be playing hockey at all, trying to recover from what has been said to be a career-threatening hip injury for the duration of this upcoming year.  It’s a tough break for a guy that seemed to be pushing all the right buttons upon his return to the NHL.  However, let’s not forget that Emery put himself in this precarious position: a Russian hockey league cast-off who had lost the respect of his peers and had grown synonymous with the “hot-head” label.  Still, there was reason to be optimistic that Emery could turn it around here.  It didn’t happen, and we’ve moved on.  Razor will need to do the same when (if) he gets his next opportunity to play professional hockey.

Updates: It’s All About Lappy

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on April 8, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

This past off-season, much was made of the Flyers acquisitions of Ray Emery and Chris Pronger.  Emery, who had spent last season exiled in the KHL, was supposed to be the franchise cornerstone goaltender the Flyers had long sought after.  Pronger, who was the centerpiece of the summer’s blockbuster trade, was brought in to bring leadership and add one of the league’s best defensemen to the Flyers’ blue-line.  Since the season began, Pronger’s been the Flyers best defenseman all season long, while Emery has battled injuries and is set to spend the remainder of this season on the Injured Reserve.

Holmgren and Laperriere were all smiles in July during Lappy's presser

However, while all the hoop-lah surrounded Pronger and Emery this off-season, there was one free-agent signing that drew minimal interest from the media, but has proved large for the Flyers down the stretch in the 2009-2010 season.  Ian Laperriere, who signed a 3 year, 3.5 million dollar contract this summer, has been worth every penny and more for the Flyers throughout the course of this season.  He’s supplied the Orange and Black with a consistent penalty-killer, who is a shot blocking fiend.  He’s also supplied this team with at least one example of the heart, determination, and passion that an effective hockey player should display game in and game out.

Lappy is everything that Flyers fans have come to love in their players

While the Flyers have struggled to string consistent efforts of passion and hard work together all season, it hasn’t been for a lack of effort from Lappy.  Laperriere hasn’t lit up the scoreboard this season, tallying 3 goals and 17 assists, but he wasn’t necessarily expected to be an offensive threat for the Orange and Black.  Instead, it’s been the smaller things that Lappy has been so proficient in.  He’s been a wizard when it comes to blocking shots, and really is an absolute pleasure to watch on the penalty kill.  When #14 in a Flyers uniform is out there on the penalty kill, there is an odd sense of calmness that envelops Flyers fans.  It’s not that it’s a guarantee no-goal, but there’s a strong chance that Lappy will play a key role in blocking many players’ shots from the point.

It’s about heart, it’s about desire, and it’s about the will to win.  Most of all, It’s All About Lappy.  Hopefully the Flyers can follow the 36 year old’s lead this weekend and lock up a berth in the playoffs.