Flyers interested in Emery

There is some interest in the NHL for Ray Emery. (Sun Media/Errol McGihon)

There is some interest in the NHL for Ray Emery. (Sun Media/Errol McGihon)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:39 PM ET

After a season in exile, former Senators goalie Ray Emery could have a new NHL home this fall.

J.P. Barry, Emery's agent, confirmed last night that he's held talks with three teams -- including the Flyers -- about signing the unrestricted free agent netminder, who spent last season with Atlant Mystichi in Russia.

Barry told Sun Media that the 26-year-old Emery's chances of returning to the NHL next season are "excellent" and he's hopeful a deal can be reached "sooner rather than later."

The Flyers might be the most interested because they don't have a goalie under contract next season, but other teams are looking for goaltending help. Barry wouldn't identify the other teams interested in Emery.

"There's definitely been some interest and I've had some exploratory discussions with three teams," said Barry. "We're going to have more discussions and see where it leads us. Obviously, Philadelphia is out there because more of our recent discussions have been with them. We'll see if this heats up."

The Flyers are a top candidate because goalies Martin Biron and Antero Niittymakki can both become UFAs July 1. Emery signed in Russia after being bought out by the Senators last season and not receiving any firm offers to stay in the NHL.

Former Senators coach John Paddock is the bench boss of the Flyers' farm team in Philadelphia and partially blamed his handling of Emery for being fired in Ottawa.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren confirmed to CSNPhilly.com that Emery could be an option.

"(Emery's) one of many options we're considering," said Holmgren. "I've spoken to his agent a number of times on many issues.

"We like that he won 13 playoff games a couple of years ago (with Ottawa) and took his team to the Stanley Cup final (in 2007)."

This season, Emery finished with a 2.12 GAA, 22-18 record and .920 save percentage as one of the top goalies in Russia. He made more than $2 million US tax-free and has a standing offer to return, but wants to explore his options in the NHL before making a decision.

"Hopefully, we're able to get something done," said Barry.

Holmgren wouldn't comment on the off-ice issues Emery had during his stay with the Senators, which included being late for practice numerous times and run-ins with police for driving infractions.

"If his head is on straight, he's a pretty good goaltender," said Holmgren.


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