Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ray Emery done for the year, goalie trade coming?

The NHL trade deadline just got a little more interesting for the Flyers, who announced that Ray Emery, who was placed on the long-term injury reserve yesterday, will miss the rest of the season. Emery, who has been in and out of the lineup all year long, will have surgery on his right hip.

What this means for the Flyers at the trade deadline is unclear. Do they have confidence that Michael Leighton can carry the team for the rest of the season or do they need to make a move for a proven starter? With names like Dan Ellis and Dwayne Roloson supposedly available, might the Flyers try to move out one of their proven forwards for a little more insurance in net?

Personally, I wouldn't be confident that the Flyers could make a deep run in the playoffs with Leighton. Sure, he has been good in the short term, but can the goalie, who was waiver wire fodder not too long ago, really carry a team on his back? I have my doubts but I would love to see it happen.

As for Emery, this could very likely end his time with the Flyers. He will be a free agent at the end of the season and I can't see the Flyers sinking big money into a goalie with serious hip issues. He may never be the same goalie again and there is no reason for the Flyers to take a chance on him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

well the A.I. project didnt work the emery project didnt work the vick thing was fun but didnt work the next project....Roy Halladay hope it works