Chicago Blackhawks: What Does the Re-Signing of Ray Emery Mean?

April 7th, 2012 by Michael Gibbons Leave a reply »
Normally, when a team decides to re-sign their back up goalie it doesn't mean a whole lot. However, what the Chicago Blackhawks did on Saturday does mean quite a bit.

The Blackhawks announced on Saturday that they have re-signed goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year deal. The contract is worth $1.15 million, which is nearly double what he made this past season.

Emery signed a one-year deal worth $600,000 shortly before the season started. He has gone 15-9-4 in 34 games this season with a goals-against average of 2.81 and a save percentage of .900. He also sported a very impressive record of 10-0-3 at home.

With the deal, the Blackhawks have both Emery and starting goaltender Corey Crawford both locked up for next season.

So why is this important?

Firstly, it means the Blackhawks weren't that impressed with what they have in Rockford with the AHL Icehogs.

While Carter Hutton was a pleasant surprise this season for the Icehogs, rookie Alexander Salak was very much a disappointment. Alec Richards was also a disappointment for the team and is currently with their ECHL affiliate in Toledo. ...

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