Ray Emery to attend camp on tryout
Goaltender Ray Emery will attend the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp on a tryout basis in September in the hopes of continuing an NHL career that looked like it would be derailed by injury, Emery's agent told ESPN.com Wednesday.
Emery went 7-2 down the stretch for the Ducks with a .926 save percentage. At one point Emery won six straight decisions for the Ducks. He was 2-3 in the postseason as the Ducks were eliminated in the first round by the Nashville Predators.
The Ducks did not re-sign Emery, who is an unrestricted free agent, but his agent J.P. Barry told ESPN.com that Emery will attend Chicago's training camp on a tryout basis.
"He's been training every day still with his trainer Matt Nichol. He's had a complete 100 percent recovery," Barry said.
Crawford started all seven postseason games against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs. Vancouver won that series in seven games. He appeared in 57 regular-season games for the Blackhawks, turning in a .917 save percentage and 2.30 GAA.
Barry said many teams are being cautious with young goaltenders in not wanting to overexpose them. Emery will get a chance in training camp to prove that he and Crawford would make a good tandem.
"He's playing better than he did two years ago. He's actually a better athlete than he was a few years ago," Barry said of Emery.
Emery, who will turn 29 before the start of the regular season, led the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007, but his time there was marked by off-ice problems.
After spending one season in Russia, Emery signed with the Philadelphia Flyers before the start of the 2009-10 season but a hip injury cut his season short in early 2010. It was believed the injury, which involved a deterioration of the ball of his right hip, would likely end Emery's career.
But Emery worked tirelessly with Nichol in Toronto and signed a two-way deal with the Ducks last February.
He played briefly for the Ducks' AHL team before being called up. His play in the final weeks of the regular season was instrumental in guiding the Ducks to an unexpected playoff berth.
The Blackhawks will have until Oct. 1 to make a decision on whether to sign Emery or release him, at which time he would once again be an unrestricted free agent, Barry said.
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.
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