Don't call it a comeback. Ray Emery's trainer Matt Nichol announced this afternoon that Emery has signed a deal with the Hawks. As expected, Ray will become the backup goalie for the Hawks this year and Alex Salak will go down to Rock Vegas for some more seasoning.
When Emery was invited to camp, I wrote a glowing post about him. This is probably the worst endorsement he could get. I was a big fan of both Huet and Turco. But I can't be wrong about EVERY goalie, right guys?...Guys?...Anybody?
Well here's to hoping that everything goes well for Emery. He's battled back from a degenerative condition in his hip called avascular necrosis that once threatened to end his career. He's worked his butt off to get back to the NHL and has all the confidence (what I'll call swagger but others might call cockiness) in the world. If there's anyone who will push Crawford throughout the season, its the guy who has almost had his entire career taken from him.