The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed goaltender Ray Emery on a free-agent contract, according to the club's general manager, Paul Holmgreen.

The 30-year-old makes a return to the Flyers after a previous spell with them during the 2009/10 season.

Emery spent two years at Chicago Blackhawks prior to this move - returning to the Flyers on the back of his first career Stanley Cup Championship.

Emery - who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the team prior to the 2009/10 season - has reportedly agreed a similar deal this time around.

Emery is held in high regard within the game, earning himself a nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial trophy, awarded each year to "the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

This came after he battled back bravely from avascular necrosis - a disease that kills the cells of bones by cutting of the blood supply - in his right hip to successfully return to full fitness a year later with Anaheim Ducks in February 2011.

Emery made 21 appearances for the Blackhawks last season, recording a .922 save percentage with three shutouts and a 1.94 goals- against average.

It is expected that Emery will compete with Steve Mason in the Flyers goal.


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