The Anaheim Ducks have signed Ray Emery and put Aaron Voros on waivers! Its about time the Ducks got rid of Voros and added a possible backup for Hiller.
From the second Voros was signed, it seemed to be a completely pointless signing. For the past two seasons, Voros brought some toughness to the Rangers because somebody had to protect Sean Avery from being pummeled every five minutes. Seriously, how has nobody knocked that guy out yet? Anyway, Voros has yet to score more than ten goals in five years and with George Parros already in the lineup, it seemed unnecessary to have him on the team. The Ducks had gained nothing from him, and now he’s gone! There are some teams who could use Voros’ grittiness, so there is a chance he will be claimed off of waivers.
Ray Emery was signed by the Ducks on Monday, but has just recently cleared waivers. Emery suffered from avascular necrosis, which is basically cellular death, that caused his hip to rapidly degrade. He has not played a single game since February 1st of 2010 where he shutout the Calgary Flames. He has begun off ice workouts in October and will appear with the Syracuse Crunch after immigration papers go through. Naturally, it is hard for me to accept that the Ducks are signing a former Flyer but hopefully he can prove himself worthy. Emery also played for the Senators where he showed he can be a fabulous goaltender at times. Unfortunately, he also showed that he is inconsistent and often chokes during the second half of the season.
Overall signing Emery is a good move because as we have seen before, Hiller needs his rest. McElhinney has not been bad persay, but if Hiller were to get injured, the Ducks would be in a heap of trouble! Emery has some quality experience and is only 28, so he could prove to be a reliable backup for Hiller.
This will only help the Ducks become a top Stanley Cup contender. The only thing we can do is wait for Emery to get back to his old self again. Lets just hope Emery bring that sick mask along with him.