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Carter, JVR and Emery impress during scrimmages

It may not have been a real game, but it was the closest thing so far.

The Flyers held two intra-squad scrimmages on Tuesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., one being dominated by Jeff Carter and the other Ray Emery.

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Emery graces cover of The Hockey News

Newly minted Flyers’ goaltender Ray Emery, will appear on next month’s cover of The Hockey News titled “Ray of Hope.”  Make sure to pick it up, THN is always a good read.

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THN predicts Philly’s finish in Eastern Conference

The Hockey News is running a month-long online feature, predicting the finish of every team by the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.  And with only a few slots left, the Flyers chimed in at number four in the East.

Why: The addition of Chris Pronger turned an emerging blueline into one of the NHL’s top units. New goaltender Ray Emery has a chance to be a big upgrade over Martin Biron, assuming the ex-Kontinental Leaguer keeps his head about him. The Flyers are now even tougher to play against and remain deep at forward, especially down the middle.”

Yet to be selected is the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.

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Emery pays homage to the fight city with mask art

New Ray Emery mask Courtesy of Kevin Kurz

Photo Courtesy of Kevin Kurz

A special thanks to the Flyers’ Kevin Kurz (@Flyersonthefly) for producing never-before-seen photos of the brand new Ray Emery mask.  With a white base color, on the goalie’s left it features Philly boxing legend Bernard Hopkins, with the right side showing boxing Hall of Famer Joe Frazier.  The back has Rocky Balboa draped in an American flag, below the text “Razor.”

Emery, a die-hard boxing fan, sported a  mask prior to joining the Flyers, featuring pugilist Mike Tyson.  That particular helmet caused a stink due to Iron Mike’s complications with the law.  Emery has also sported Marvin Hagler and Jack Johnson on his equipment.

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Las Vegas Sun: Emery makes it rain at Bellagio

It’s too bad Joffrey Lupul couldn’t stick around long enough to party with Ray Emery, because it seems like he could have learned a thing or two.

According to Friday’s celebrity sighting piece in the Las Vegas Sun,  the Flyers’ newly acquired goaltender could be seen back in May, “making it rain” with a stack of $1000 single bills.

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Jeff Reese’s early advice to Emery: Slow Down

Newly appointed goalie coach Jeff Reese, has spent little time in Philadelphia outside of looking at houses with his wife. But even after limited sessions with new Flyers’ goalie Ray Emery, Reese’s first order of duty includes calming the aggressive backstop.

“We’ve been on the ice twice and he’s really itching to go,” said Reese about Emery. “He’s really itching to get back in there he has been off awhile.   My only concern is that I don’t want him to overdue it.  He’s so hungry to get back and to prove himself, we don’t want him to burn out.”

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Niittymaki to replace Emery in KHL?

According to a Finnish source, former Flyers’ back up goaltender Antero Niittymaki could be heading to Atlant of the KHL, replacing current Flyers’ goalie Ray Emery, who signed a one-year deal with the Flyers after playing in Atlant for the 2008-09 season.

Niitty played back up goalie for the Flyers for three years before severe and chronic hip problems limited his playing time.  Those same hip problems earned him the label of damaged goods, making it unlikely he would return to the Flyers, or any team in the NHL.

Niitty tallied a record of 62-61, in his three years with the Flyers.  He had a 3.01 goals against with a .901% save percentage.

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Flyers set to nab backup goalie on free agent day

It won’t be the most glamorous of signings on July 1, the first day of free agency,  but it will be big one for the Flyers, who are sure to ink their backup goaltender for the 2009-10 season.

Typically, the backup position is a remedial selection that has little significance toward the upcoming season.  But with the acquisition of unpredictable Ray Emery, the backup role for the Philadelphia Flyers is suddenly worth taking a careful look at it.

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Flyers let goalie coach Lemelin walk

For 15 years, the Flyers have had a constant influx of mediocre goaltending.  Some players came in with potential and some were just plain average to begin with.  But no matter who was brought in for backstop duties, two things were always in common —  The goalies never improved and Reggie Lemelin was the goalie coach.  Until Thursday.

On Thursday morning, the Flyers officially announced that Lemelin’s contract has not been renewed and he would be replaced with former Tampa Bay Lightning goalie coach, Jeff Reese.  Lemelin was with the Flyers for 15 years.

“I felt we needed a change, that’s all,” said General Manager Paul Holmgren, during a conference call on Thursday. “It had nothing to do with Ray Emery.  Reggie was a good soldier and I just felt we needed a change there.”

Flyers’ fans rejoiced at the news, since many pointed a finger at Lemelin for the chronic goalie issues the team suffered.  For not only were the players not great that the Flyers acquired, but they seemed to get worse the longer they were with the team.

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Reaction from Marty Biron

Flyers’ beat writer Chuck Gormley got the much sought after reaction from former Flyers’ goaltender Marty Biron about the news that the team has moved on and signed Ray Emery as the starter for 2009-10.  Biron is an unrestricted free agent and was in negotiations with the Flyers up until the signing.

“I know they’ve made a decision and that’s fine,” said Biron, who now turns his attention to other goalie-seeking  teams around the league. “Personally, I’ve got decisions I need to make and that’s what I’m focusing on.”

But even after the awkward breakup, Biron understands the business side of the game.  Biron’s agent was rumored to be asking for upwards of $5 million for four years.   Other reports have the Biron camp asking for $4 million.

“I understand the business of the salary cap and hockey and that the Flyers are up against it,” he said. “They’re making a move to keep this team intact and signing Ray, that’s fine. They never said to me that means we’re done (negotiating) but I mean, you can see there is a very very slim chance. That’s part of hockey.”

Biron is coming off a mediocre season in which he tallied decent numbers, but wasn’t the same backstop that led the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals a season prior.  The Flyers were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the opening round.

“It’s not for me to judge,” Biron said, when asked if he thinks he deserved a second chance with the Flyers. “I know what I am capable of doing and what I’ve accomplished and I’m going to focus on those things to get to where I want and pursue my goals.”

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