Ray Emery to Detroit?

As weird as it may sound, Ray Emery to Detroit, it is a possibility for the returning goaltender.

The netminder Ray Emery is trying for a comeback after being diagnosed with avascular necrosis. The disease causes bone tissue to die, and in Emery’s case, his right hip had deteriorated. Emery has since undergone an operation to replace the ball of his hip and now is making for a comeback.

Ray Emery is hoping he does not have to pack his bags on the NHL as he is trying for a comeback.

The Red Wings are currently short a back-up goaltender as Chris Osgood is on the IR from sports hernia surgery. Detroit General Manager Ken Holland looked elsewhere, across the pond, in signing Evgeni Nabokov to a one year deal. However, the deal between Nabokov and the Detroit Red Wings fell short due to league rules disallowing oversees players from entering into the league after December first without going through re-entry waivers. Nabokov was claimed by the New york Islanders while the Wings are still left to look for another goalie or wait it out.

Chris Osgood is expected back mid to late February, a not so distant future. Osgood has been struggling this year, with 10 games started, he has only been able to muster up a 5-3-2 record. Digging a little deeper, Osgood has a .903 save percentage and a rather high 2.77 goals against average. Factor in that Osgood is in his last year of his contract with the Red Wings and at the not-so-young age of 37, the question of if he is not finished now, can you really sign him to another deal?

Ray Emery on the other hand has been a trouble maker in all the teams he has played for. A feisty fighting goalie, that sometimes loses sight of the real goal, meshing with his teammates and winning as a team. But at 27 years old, trying to make a comeback, it seems likely that Emery’s unruly ways are behind him if he wishes to make it back to the NHL.

The Wing’s are currently in second place within the Western Conference, an almost guaranteed playoff spot and a definite Stanley Cup Contender. If the choice was yours, do you want Osgood backing up netminder Jimmy Howard, or Ray Emery, a player fighting for another chance?


  1. Did he play anywhere this year? if he didn’t that means the wings can straight up sign him without putting him through waivers right. I think It would be worth a shot. The wings up coming home schedule is a beast with almost all teams having winning records. We don’t want Howard exhausted come playoff time. The only problem I see with the pick up is he wont be game shape ready until after Ozzie is back and then when will he be able to play?

  2. I’d rather have Joey McDonald than Emery after a hip surgery and with something to prove. Unless this is purely a depth signing for Grand Rapids.

  3. He can be picked up without going through waivers.

    As for game shape, it would take a little bit. The goal would be for him to go through the AHL and then come up. Mixing with Kaneh’s thoughts on Joey McDonald, the Wings could pick Emery up, pull up McDonald, and then let the two of them fight it out. Competition is always good.

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