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Ducks sign goalie Ray Emery, plan to send him to minors

February 7, 2011 |  8:53 am

Emery_400 The Ducks, in need of a veteran goaltender for their organization, have signed Ray Emery to a two-way contract with the intention of assigning him to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

Because he's not going directly to the NHL team, he would have to be placed on NHL waivers. The Ducks planned to begin that process at 9 a.m. He would clear at 9 a.m. Tuesday. His contract will pay him $500,000 in the NHL or $105,000 in the AHL.

"Ray Emery has been an NHL netminder for several years and is only 28 years old,” Bob Murray, the Ducks' executive vice president and general manager said in a statement. “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, underwent hip surgery last April and has not played this season. He appeared in 29 games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009-10, compiling a 16-11-1 record with a 2.64 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

A native of Cayuga, Canada, Emery appeared in five NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators from 2003 to '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, versus 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 -- where they lost to the Ducks. He was 13-7 with a 2.26 goals-against average.

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 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. He signed a one-year contract on July 9, 2008, to play with Atlant 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 AHL games with a 77-50-18 record and 2.52 goals-against average.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Ray Emery in 2009. Credit: James Guillory / US Presswire