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Ray Emery Signs Deal with Chicago

From Matt Nichol (whom Tim Sassone notes is Emery’s trainer):

Congrats to Ray Emery on signing with Chicago!!. #perserverance. #neversaydie

Update 4:12pm ET: From Pierre LeBrun

This probably out there but Emery deal in Chicago is one-year, $600,000

Update 4:34pm ET: From Adam Jahns at the Sun-Times

“We’re in the fortunate position to have to make a difficult decision on two netminders that impressed throughout our entire training camp,” general manger Stan Bowman said in a statement. “Having both Ray Emery and Alexander Salak as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization makes us stronger in both the short-term and long-term.”

According to the numbers, Salak outperformed Emery this preseason, recording a 1.94 goals against average compared to Emery’s 4.54. But it was always thought that the Hawks preferred to have an experienced goalie behind Crawford, who is entering his first full year as a starter.

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Good for him, and it’s the second year in a row that a guy I like with a Sault connection signs with te f*cking Hawks, thereby preventing me from cheering for him…

Posted by Garth on 10/03/11 at 05:24 PM ET

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... I don’t get the “experienced’ argument with Emery.  His “experience” comes with tooonnnss of baggage, and I’m shocked they din’t just go with Salak, who is the betetr goalie.

The Hawks don’t really seem to care about the makeup in the dressing room, do they?

Posted by Primis on 10/03/11 at 11:39 PM ET

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The Hawks don’t really seem to care about the makeup in the dressing room, do they?

Yeah, a guy with playoff experience who has come back from what should’ve been a career ending injury and played well, coupled with a much better attitude than he has ever had is probably going to be a terrible thing in the dressing room.

Posted by Garth on 10/04/11 at 12:26 AM ET

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Yeah, a guy with playoff experience who has come back from what should’ve been a career ending injury and played well, coupled with a much better attitude than he has ever had is probably going to be a terrible thing in the dressing room.

Posted by Garth on 10/03/11 at 11:26 PM ET

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/8073-how-should-the-ottawa-senators-get-rid-of-ray-emery

http://www.aolnews.com/2009/01/28/former-ottawa-goalie-ray-emery-flips-out-in-russian-game/

http://wizbangsports.com/2008/01/ottawa_senators_to_fine_goalie.php


Stop being so dense about these things.  He’s a huge risk in a dressing room full of them now, and everyone knows it and is thinking it.  He’s also a huge risk on-ice, as he proved the other night, because his decision-making blows (much like how his history of decisions off-ice have gone).  So he sucks off the ice, he sucked on it this preseason…

So what are Crawford and Salak thinking ?  “Wow, this gu’s a loose cannon, and sucked on the ice this preseason… and yet they signed him anyways?  Do they think that poorly of me/us to still sign him?”.

Why the Hawks did this move is completely beyond me, because there’s very little upside (if any) to it..  I can’t wait to watch the whole situation blow up in the Hawks’ faces, much like bringing in Carcillo….

Posted by Primis on 10/04/11 at 09:10 AM ET

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Wow, terrific links, the most recent of which being almost three years old.  I think I can find a quote from 22 years ago when my parents said I was good enough to be in the NHL.  Maybe I can use those quotes to get signed?

They’re probably thinking that he’s been to the Stanley Cup finals, and more recently he persevered and came back from an injury that was sure to end his career.  He had surgery and worked his way back slowly until he returned to the NHL.  And he played well in Anaheim.  And he’s a veteran presence with a renewed attitude and a dedication to hockey.  And he’s cheap with a lot of upside.  And he allows the Hawks to have a young guy beginning his first year as a starter with something more than another rookie who has played TWO WHOLE games in the NHL as the backup should Crawford falter.

Very little upside?  He played very well in his short stint with Anaheim last year.  He’s a capable, proven back up who can push Chicago’s young starter and fill in if Crawford doesn’t play well.  And he allows Salak to continue to mature without the pressure of having to be a full-time backup behind a still-unproven goalie.

Wow, he didn’t light it up during the preseason?  So what?  Neither did Jimmy Howard, I don’t see you panicking about that, and he’s only ever made it to the second round of the playoffs.

Posted by Garth on 10/04/11 at 09:22 AM ET

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