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Emery clears waivers, assigned to Ducks' top farm team

February 8, 2011 | 10:13 am

Emery_400 Goaltender Ray Emery, signed by the Ducks on Monday, cleared waivers Tuesday and was assigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

Emery, who hasn’t played since he underwent hip surgery last April, was signed as a depth move and for his experience. The 28-year-old has played in 163 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers and was the losing goalie when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007. He also spent a season in Russia's KHL.

Emery signed a two-way deal that will pay him a prorated $500,000 in the NHL or $105,000 in the AHL, making it a minimal financial risk for the Ducks. Emery, who wore out his welcome in Ottawa by showing up late to practice several times, has every incentive to play well and get a contract from someone for next season.

Emery’s arrival in Syracuse is expected to be delayed a couple of days as the club awaits immigration paperwork.

Goalie Jonas Hiller, who returned from the All-Star Game feeling lightheaded and unable to play, accompanied the Ducks to Vancouver for their game against the Canucks on Wednesday but it's unclear if he will be in the net.

The Ducks also put left wing Aaron Voros on waivers, a move that will open a roster spot for the return of Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks’ captain hasn’t played since he was struck in the face by a deflected puck on Dec. 28 and suffered facial fractures.

-- Helene Elliott 

Photo: Ray Emery. Credit: James Guillory / US Presswire