Emery signed a one-year, $1.65 million contract to return to the Flyers, the team in which he played 29 games for in 2009-10. A $1.65 million deal is not exactly a contract for a starter but it is reasonable for a guy looking to prove that he can be a starter in the NHL.
Last year with the Blackhawks, he was 17-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA and a .922 SV%. In Chicago he split time with Corey Crawford and, obviously, played well in that role. In fact, Emery even earned himself a Vezina (top goaltender) vote for his play.
His signing means that there is going to be a dogfight for the starting goaltender job between Emery and Steve Mason, who was acquired towards the end of last season and played well when called upon.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi reports that Emery would be "one hundred percent" alright with a platoon at goaltender as long as the relationship is good with Mason.
I think a platoon might be best for both players because, come playoff time, teams will go with whoever has been their best goaltender. I'm a big fan of competition. Plus, Emery had his best numbers of any season of his career when he was splitting time so it is obvious why he would support a platoon.
Emery was 16-11-1 in 28 games with a 2.64 GAA and a .905 SV% with the Flyers in 2009-10. The Flyers let him walk after they thought he career was over after a labrum issue in his hip. In seven games (six starts) for the Flyers last year, Mason was 4-2-0 with a 1.90 GAA and a .944 SV%.
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