Ray Emery's NHL comeback is complete, and it's happened quite a bit quicker than anybody anticipated. In the face of a brutal Western Conference playoff race and continued health problems with goaltender Jonas Hiller, the Anaheim Ducks have recalled Emery.
Emery played just three games with the Syracuse Crunch, the Ducks' AHL affiliate, since signing with the organization on February 7. In those games, Emery went 2-1 and compiled a save percentage of .925. By all accounts he seemed to look better than expected in his AHL work. After a year off from hockey, though, it'll be interesting to see how that translates to the NHL level.
The Ducks decided to call Emery up after poor play from backup Curtis McElhinney necessitated some kind of decision. Jonas Hiller is out of the Ducks lineup with fatigue issues and McElhinney has allowed 16 goals in his last three starts. With just two points separating fourth place in the West from 11th place, the Ducks need better goaltending than that.
They obviously hope that Emery can provide that.