Flyers Re-Sign G Ray Emery
The Flyers didn't make a splash on the opening day of free agency just yet, but they made a key signing.
The Flyers have re-signed backup goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year, $1 million contract. He's the backup the Flyers were hoping to land to play behind Steve Mason.
Emery made $1.65 million last season with the Flyers.
“You always want to earn as much as you can, but I’m happy to be staying in the same spot,” Emery said during a conference call Tuesday. “It was a real comfortable situation for me. I’m just glad I get to stay somewhere where I’m comfortable.”
Last season, Emery went 9-12-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .906 save percentage. He played in three playoff games, going 1-2 against the Rangers in the opening round.
Emery would like to build on last season. He knows his role, and that's to be a quality backup for Mason.
“It’s a supporting role and it’s a role I’m used to," Emery said. "If Mase has a year like he had last year and I can contribute a little better in the games I get in then I’ll be happier with the season.”
Emery was a value signing for the Flyers. They could have landed a goalie for more money, and Emery could have chased a potential starting role. But both sides agreed a backup role was the best fit for both players and it's a good signing on the part of general manager Ron Hextall.
"I think Ray stretched down for us, and certainly we appreciate that," Hextall said. "We tried to get him everything we could, and tried to be fair and treat him with respect."
The Flyers also signed minor league goalie Rob Zepp to a two-way, one-year deal. He will likely team with Anthony Stolarz in Lehigh Valley next season.
"He’s in his 30s, he’s not a young guy anymore, but he’s real hungry to come back over and give it a shot," Hextall said. "We felt like he was a real good fit with us, giving us the type of depth – you think you’ll never get to your third goalie, but you see situations where teams do and it’s a little bit unnerving."
Zepp, 32, hasn't played in North America since the 2004-05 season when he was with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.