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Dreger: Growing NHL interest in former Sens goalie Emery

Darren Dreger
5/3/2009 8:38:19 PM
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NHL interest in former Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery is starting to heat up.

Sources tell TSN the Philadelphia Flyers have had significant discussions with Emery's agent J.P Barry about the potential of the 26-year-old returning to the National Hockey League. 

Emery played in Russia last season in the Kontinental Hockey League with Atlant Mytischi and has a lucrative offer on the table to return to the KHL with the same club.

Following Philadelphia's first round playoff elimination, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren acknowledged he'll have to consider all options in goal, considering Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Emery helped the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007, but is considered too much of a risk for some in the NHL who remain spooked by a number of off-ice concerns that contributed to the Senators first placing Emery on waivers in June 2008 before the team bought out his contract.

The Flyers have not yet offered Emery a contract.

Emery earned a net salary of over $2 million last season in the KHL.

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