Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: From Russia to Philly

"Sugar" Ray Emery is headed back to a rink near you!

The controversial former Ottawa Senators netminder is making his return to the NHL this season after signing a one-year, $1.5-million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

It makes sense that the grittiest goalie in the game is suiting up with a team like the Flyers, don't you think?

Emery had a tough run in his last NHL season: he was late for practise a few times which became a huge story, he was involved in a few altercations with teammates and he was eventually placed on waivers.

Rather than toil in the minors, the Hamilton native spent last season plying his trade over in Russia's Continental Hockey League with Mytishchi Atlant (or, Atlant Moscow).

Emery had a pretty successful season in Russia, going 22-8-0, but even there he got negative attention for fighting with a team trainer on the bench during one game.

Like I said, he's had a tough couple of seasons, but I think this is a good place for Ray Emery to get a fresh start. It just seems to me like he'd be the kind of guy the people of Philadelphia could really rally behind.

Why do I think that? Well, he's got the potential to be a standout goalie, he's a tough competitor and he's not a very big cap hit. The other thing I like about the guy is he's an interesting character, love him or hate him.

As long as he can stay away from the negative limelight that ultimately chased him out of Ottawa, I think he'll be a good fit in Philly.

Staying out of the negative stuff could be easier said than done, though.

But seriously, how can you not love this guy? Check out these fight videos:

Speaking of the Senators, how crazy would it be if the Oilers wound up snagging Dany Heatley this summer? He's apparently upset with his role in Ottawa (could it be all the politics?) and wants out.

I've often thought the one thing the Edmonton Oilers lack these days is a star player they can really lean on to score big goals. Heatley is that guy: since the lockout, he has 180 goals and 362 points in 317 games.

Could we use some of that firepower here in the City of Champions? You bet we could.
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