Big changes for the Chicago Blackhawks this offseason, no wait, there have been barely any changes and I love it!
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It’s been a slow offseason for Ray Emery related news, which is good news for Sugar Ray. He has a contract and I’m sure is training for the new season, which will hopefully start on time!
There really isn’t much Ray Emery news going around lately, other than the trade rumors I already mentioned, and even those seem to have died down.
As we know Ray Emery signed for another year with the Chicago Blackhawks, so it looks like he will split the season again with Corey Crawford in 2012-13. But, you never know when a trade could get done.
Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman blamed goaltending among other reasons for the early exit of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012 NHL Playoff. The only goalie he could blame is Corey Crawford since he’s the only one who played, and he didn’t play well, but apparently he didn’t play bad enough to warrant a switch to Ray Emery.
Every NHL goalie wants to play, but they also want to win the cup, and everyone knows you don’t mess with what works. Right now Corey Crawford in nets and Ray Emery on the bench has been working, that could change quickly though.
It’s no secret that Corey Crawford will get the start Thursday for game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes, unless of coure he gets ill or injured. However, if he fails to play up to par, Coach Quenneville will not hesitate to pull him in favor of Ray Emery.
Two things are sure right now, first the Chicago Blackhawks are making the 2012 NHL Playoffs and second, Ray Emery isn’t who will be starting in nets for the Hawks unless Crawford gets hurt. There are also a couple things that are uncertain right now.
Can Ray Emery continue his great play which landed him the third star of the week in the NHL for last week? I think he can, but only time will tell. The puck drops at 8pm tonight in St-Louis when the Blackhawks visit their division rival Blues.
Ray Emery won three straight games for the Chicago Blackhawks, allowing only one goal in each of those games. It was enough to earn him the NHL’s third star of the week and most probably some more starts in goal for the Hawks.