Ray Emery is not yet ready to call it a career. The veteran goaltender agreed to a tryout contract with the Los Angeles Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate in Ontario, California on Saturday.
Emery posted a 10-11-7 record and 3.06 goals-against average in 31 games for Philadelphia last season, his second in a row and third overall with the Flyers. The 33-year-old attended the training camp of the reigning Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning on a tryout basis but was released on September 28.
Selected by Ottawa in the fourth round of the 2001 draft, Emery made his NHL debut with the Senators in 2002-03, going 1-0-0 in three contests. He appeared in three more games the following season, winning two, before sticking with Ottawa for good in 2005-06.
Emery began that campaign with six straight victories as the backup to Dominik Hasek and took over as the Senators’ starting netminder when the Hall-of-Famer went down with a groin injury while representing the Czech Republic at the 2006 Winter Olympics. The native of Hamilton, Ontario supplanted newcomer Martin Gerber as Ottawa’s starter in 2006-07 and recorded a career-high 33 wins before helping guide the team to its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, which they lost to the Anaheim Ducks in five games.
After one more tumultuous season with the Senators, Emery spent 2008-09 in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League before returning to the NHL with Philadelphia. Injuries prematurely ended his campaign in early December and he came back from his ailments late in 2010-11 with Anaheim before earning a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks the following season after a tryout in training camp.
Emery began his second campaign with Chicago by becoming the first goalie in NHL history to start a season with 12 consecutive victories. He shared the William M. Jennings Trophy with teammate Corey Crawford and got his name engraved on the Stanley Cup when the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in six games.
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Emery has posted a 145-86-28 record with 16 shutouts and a 2.70 GAA in 287 career games with the Senators, Flyers, Ducks and Blackhawks. He’s gone 21-17 with three blankings and a 2.64 GAA in 39 playoff contests with Ottawa, Anaheim and Philadelphia.