Pending UFA goalie Emery would ‘love to stay’ with Blackhawks

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Ray Emery has now lifted the Stanley Cup, after the Chicago Blackhawks won the championship on Monday, and he would fancy returning to the Windy City.

However, the 30-year-old Emery is on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent.

“I’d love to stay here,” Emery told ESPN Chicago on Thursday. “See how that works out with what Chicago has in mind and see how the cards kind of play, but definitely would like to stay here.”

In 21 games with the Blackhawks this season, Emery posted a 17-1-0 record, as well as a .922 save percentage and 1.94 goals-against average.

Emery and starter Corey Crawford combined to win the William Jennings Trophy, after allowing the fewest goals against in the NHL.

Emery had to endure a lower-body injury toward the end of the season, but made his return to his back-up duties for the second round.

He’s coming to the end of a one-year, $1.15 million contract, and re-signing with the Blackhawks is far from a guarantee.

On June 3, the Blackhawks signed Finnish goalie Antti Raanta to a one-year contract.