Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/08/13 at 12:07 PM ET
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Breaking down all free agent deals and notable trades for 2013 NHL Free Agent Frenzy.
EMERY to FLYERS
Ray Emery is 30-years-old and getting a fine opportunity to re-establish that he's a bona fide number one goalie again after a terrific season in Chicago as the backup to Corey Crawford.
In 21 games, Emery was 17-1 with a 1.94 goals against average and .922 save percentage. As he's recovered from hip surgery, over the last four years, Emery has a .909 save percentage, which ranks 40th among goalies with at least 50 games played, but is also ahead of Steve Mason, the goaltender with whom he will be competing for playing time in Philadelphia. Between those two, the edge ought to go to Emery.
Chicago has already signed G Antti Raanta, who had a .939 save percentage in Finland over the last two seasons, and he figures to get first crack at backing up Crawford next season.
Signed to a one-year, $1.65-million deal, Emery has an opportunity to win the starting job, play 50-plus games and earn a bigger free agent contract next summer.
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