Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Flyers lose Emery for 6 weeks

It just gets worse and worse for the Flyers. Already mired in a slump that has seen them lose 8 of their last 9 games, the Flyers got some news today that certainly won't help them climb out of their funk: goaltender Ray Emery will be out 6 weeks. Emery, who uncharacteristically played only 1 of the last 4 games for the Flyers, will have abdominal surgery to repair a torn muscle.

Losing Emery is a pretty big blow to the Flyers but the surgery should help him bounce back from his recent woes. Emery started out the season playing one of the best goalies in the league before fading in the recent weeks; the Flyers think having surgery will get Emery back to playing at the top of his game.

In his absence, the Flyers will go with Brian Boucher in net. Johan Backlund was also called up to be the backup. Boucher hasn't been great for the Flyers this year but he is certainly a capable backup that won't win you a lot of games but he won't lose them, either.

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