Monday, February 7, 2011

Emery signs in Anaheim and more

Ray Emery has signed a 2-way contract for the rest of this year with the Ducks. He has already been sent to the AHL and is now on waivers. He is on waivers because he is being sent down, if he was to stay in the NHL he would not have to clear. Also, once he clears he will not be subject to re-entry if the Ducks call him up later this year.

I think ANA won't get poached with Emery. The team claiming Emery would have to keep him in the NHL and the fact that he is coming off that huge injury and hasn't played a game yet is something that will keep teams from making a claim. Once he clears I think ANA will keep Emery in the AHL for the rest of the year, giving him a chance to make a name for himself again then trade his rights before July 1st. This is a good asset move by the Ducks and also a good just-in-case move too. Hiller has played a lot of games in the past two years and their back up now has very little experience. If Hiller gets too exhausted or is injured, Emery may find himself back up in the NHL.

Also, Forsberg officially signed a 1 year deal in Colorado for 1 million dollars. Hopefully his foot stays healthy and he can make an impact again at the NHL level. Forsberg is a guy I personally cheer for because he loves the sport so much.  This is not a case of the Brett Favre.

Forsberg won't have to clear any waivers and should be in a game soon.  My guess would be a home game February 14th against Calgary. It would be fitting that his first game back would be in front of  the home crowd that he has such a long history with. If he can stay healthy this is a great move for the Avs who lost Tomas Fleischmann for the year who was their big midseason pick up.

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