ESPN's Paul Grant wrote about the Flyers addition of Ray Emery to their goaltending mix. Grant wrote that Emery is going from "Chicago's smooth organizational waters into a starter in Philly's waterspout" then went on to say that he "doesn't stand a chance" in Philadelphia.
Pretty powerful words from Grant here. Aside from the smarmy, sarcastic comments in the piece, it is rather confusing. He spends the first half of it praising Emery's play then the second half bashing the Flyers goaltending. It's easy to pick on the Flyers goaltenders because, for much of the last decade, they have deserved to get ripped.
What I fail to comprehend is how Grant can criticize the signing based on the information in HIS own article. He talks about how Emery played incredible last year and "unquestionably earned the chance to start." Yet, the Flyers are giving him the opportunity to win the starting role at the reasonable price at $1.65 million. How on earth could that be a bad thing based on his premise that Emery earned the chance to start. I'm lost.... or maybe Grant is the one who is lost.
Emery, 30, spent the first part of the 2009-2010 season with the Flyers before injuring his hip. He was 16-11-1 in 28 games with a 2.64 GAA and a .905 SV% with the Flyers. The Flyers let him walk after they thought he career was over after a labrum issue in his hip. Last year with the Blackhawks, he was 17-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA and a .922 SV%.
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