David Hutchison | Jan 29, 2019 | 0
Ray Emery Receives Tryout From Tampa Bay
With the news that Andrei Vasilevskiy will miss the next 2-3 months with a blood clot, the Tampa Bay Lightning have reached out and signed Ray Emery to a professional tryout contract.
#tblightning announces that G Ray Emery and C Ryan Martindale will attend camp on PTOs
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) September 8, 2015
Emery was the backup for Steve Mason in Philadelphia last season, where he posted a 10-11-7 record, and a .894 save percentage in 31 games.
The 11-year veteran will turn 33 later this month, and will have to answer many questions about his age, health, and mobility.
Emery had surgery in 2010 to correct a rare hip condition called avascular necrosis – the same condition that ended Bo Jackson’s career. The ball in his hip joint was almost completely degraded, and as part of the surgery, a portion of his fibula was removed.
The fact that he is still even able to walk properly is a medical miracle, let alone play hockey at the NHL level.
If Emery signs with the Lightning to begin the season, it would be under the assumption that he would be released or sent down when Vasilevskiy returns from his injury. The timing of the injury was not ideal for the Lightning, as most free agent goaltenders are already off the market this late in the offseason – including Jonas Gustavsson, who signed a similar tryout contract with the Boston Bruins last week.
If Emery does not make the Lightning out of training camp, expect #24 prospect Kristers Gudlevskis and #25 prospect Adam Wilcox to compete for the job.