PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers signed goaltender Ray Emery on Friday to a contract for the remainder of the season.
The 33-year-old Emery joined the Flyers on a professional tryout agreement earlier in the week. Because he signed after the trade deadline, he's not eligible to play in the playoffs.
The deal comes with a salary-cap hit of $600,000, so Emery will make a pro-rated amount for the final six games of the regular season.
Philadelphia brought in Emery as insurance because goalie Michal Neuvirth is out with an unspecified lower-body injury. Starter Steve Mason has played seven consecutive games since Neuvirth was injured, and rookie Anthony Stolarz has yet to make his NHL debut.
Mason will likely continue to shoulder the load, and general manager Ron Hextall referred to Emery as an ''insurance policy'' with no guarantees he'll even serve as the backup.
Emery is a veteran of 287 NHL games and went 10-11-7 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .894 save percentage as the Flyers' backup last season. He bounced around the minors and Europe this season before being invited to join Philadelphia.
The Flyers occupy the second and final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings.