Emery clears waivers; headed to AHL for conditioning stint

The Sports Network

2/8/2011 12:52:53 PM

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks have assigned goaltender Ray Emery to their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.

Emery was signed to a one-year contract on Monday, but he first had to clear waivers before the club could make the roster move.

The 28-year-old Ontario native has yet to play this season after recovering from hip surgery performed last April.

"Ray Emery has been a solid NHL netminder for several years and is only 28 years old," said Ducks general manager Bob Murray on Monday. "We are going to give him a chance to go to Syracuse and establish himself again. He's worked hard to get back into shape and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do."

Emery was signed by Philadelphia in the summer of 2009 and was expected to be the Flyers' top netminder for the '09-10 season. However, he played in just 29 games, as an abdominal injury sidelined him in December and the hip issue cropped up in February.

In his brief tenure with the Flyers, Emery posted a record of 16-11-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average and three shutouts.

Emery spent five seasons in Ottawa, helping the Senators reach the Stanley Cup Finals in the spring of 2007. He became Ottawa's No. 1 goaltender during that 2006-07 season, when he posted a record of 33-16-6 with a 2.47 GAA and five shutouts. During the postseason, he was 13-7 with a 2.26 GAA and three shutouts.

After a poor 2007-08 campaign with Ottawa, Emery left for Russia and spent one season in the KHL before signing with Philadelphia.

In 163 NHL regular-season games, Emery has a record of 87-51-15 with a 2.70 GAA.

The Ducks also waived left wing Aaron Voros, who appeared in 12 games for the team this season and last played on February 2.