Flyers sign Emery, get 'agressive' with PR
Updated: June 11, 2009

By Tim,

The Flyers announced on Wednesday that they have come to an agreement with free-agent loose cannon/goaltender Ray Emery on a one year, $1.5 million contract.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren also disclosed their agressive new PR plan that the NHL is employing for the upcoming season.

“We recognize that part of the reason the NFL has been so successful is the way they keep their sport in the news cycle,” Holmgren said. “Part of how they do that is by having their players get into these ‘run-ins’ with police and other law enforement agencies. So we figured, if we wanted to grow our sport like they have, the obvious choice would be to follow what they have trailblazed.”

Emery, who spent the 2008-09 season on a sightseeing tour of the beautiful Russian countryside, last played in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators in 2007-08. Emery can not formally sign the contract until July 1st.

“I’ve always admired guys like Chris Henry, Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones and those guys,” Emery said. “They always seem to find their way out of it and back onto the field no matter how many times they get arrested. I can only hope to achieve some of their success.”

Holmgren did not say whether or not the Flyers had come to any kind of agreement with the Philadelphia Police Department about this move, or if some kind direct debit account would be set up to help the burden of Emery’s potential bail payments.


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