The Flyers shored up their goaltending depth on the opening day of free agency, bringing back Ray Emery for another year as Steve Mason’s backup while bringing over former NHL draftee and German league netminder Robb Zepp.
Emery, 31, went 9-12-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage last season, his first in Philadelphia. The veteran then saw limited action in the team’s opening round playoff loss to the Rangers and took a bit of a haircut to return next year — last season, Emery made $1.65 million and in 2014-15, he’ll make $1 million flat (as the Flyers are up against the salary cap ceiling.)
As for Zepp…he’s a 32-year-old journeyman that was drafted once in ’99 (by Atlanta) and again in ’01 (by Carolina). He’s spent the last seven years playing for Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga — the top circuit in Germany — and posted a 2.39 GAA last season with a .931 save percentage.
Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.
Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.
Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”
The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.
According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.
“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.
Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.
Anyway, this is fantastic.