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Grading the 2010 Flyers: Ray Emery

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Grade: B
09/10 Salary: $1,500,000
10/11 Cap Hit: UFA
Depth Chart Ranking: UFA

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GP MIN W L OT GA GAA SA SV SV% ESS% SO
2009 - Ray Emery 29 1684 16 11 1 74 2.64 783 709 .905 .930 3

It's tough to grade Ray Emery's season. Ultimately, his experience in Philadelphia was a failure. He started less than 30 games, he didn't resurrect his career as he anticipated and he won't play another game in orange and black.

Of course, none of this happened because he was the wild, rebellious personality he was in Ottawa. No, Emery was nothing of the sort in Philly. He was a team player, by all accounts, and when he played in between the Flyers pipes, he played very well.

The stats aren't fantastic, but they certainly aren't bad, either. Honestly, of the seven goalies that dressed for the Flyers in 2009-10, Emery probably played better than any other. He made saves, he didn't let up softies and he was reliable, which was all the organization ever asked of him.

Then the injuries came, and all hell broke loose. We obviously can't blame a degenerative bone condition on a player, but who knows what would have happened this season if Emery didn't fall victim to injury. I'm sure he asks himself that question every single day.

While his injury was ultimately the reason the goaltending issues were so pronounced this season, Emery did a solid job when he was healthy. For that, we give him a B and wish him best of luck in getting back on the ice someday.