As the Flyers organization has undoubtedly been sitting on their hands due to their cap-strapped situation, there were still priorities to be taken care of with what little flexibility they do have. Among other things, signing a backup goaltender for starter Steve Mason was high on the docket. With most of the top potential targets either off the board or out of the team’s financial limitations, Philadelphia decided to stick with familiarity and re-sign Ray Emery to a one-year deal.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 1, 2014
Realistically, the Flyers could not do a whole lot better than Emery given the circumstances. While other teams shell out huge deals to fill up their cap space, the team is still handcuffed by some of the poor deals given out by Paul Holmgren. Emery, though unspectacular, was solid for the Orange-and-Black in 2013-2014 and also has a bond with Steve Mason.
Emery went 9-12-2 last season with a 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage. He was 1-2 in the playoff series against the Rangers with a 3.49 GAA while Mason was recovering from a concussion. The deal is for $1 million for one season of action.