Ray Emery was a UFA over the summer after the 33-year-old’s contract with the Philadelphia Flyers expired on July 1. In September, still without a contract, he took a tryout deal with the Lightning after Tampa Bay found out that they would start the season without Andrei Vasilevskiy. They solved that problem when they claimed Kevin Poulin off waivers.
Now, Emery is headed to the Ontario Reign on a tryout contract, the team announced on Saturday.
The Reign are the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings and they signed Peter Budaj this week. After the Kings lost J.F. Berube when the Islanders claimed him off waivers (they needed a goaltender after Poulin was claimed by Tampa), the Kings wound up a little short in their goaltending depth.
At the NHL level the Kings have Jonathan Quick and Jhonas Enroth, with Quick posting a .833 Sv% through the first two games of the season, allowing nine goals through two games.
Last season for the Flyers, Emery played 31 games with a .894 Sv%.
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