Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery attends a media event with children participating in the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in Philadelphia, Sept.1, 2009. Emery is taking the next step in his bid to return to the NHL.The Anaheim Ducks have signed the goaltender to a two-way contract.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Matt Rourke
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ray Emery is taking the next step in his bid to return to the NHL.
The Anaheim Ducks have signed the goaltender to a two-way contract.
He will be assigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, but must clear waivers first.
The 28-year-old netminder has been out of hockey for more than a year after undergoing hip surgery.
Emery was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, a disease where the interruption of blood supply causes bone tissue to die.
In 163 career NHL regular-season games, Emery posted an 87-51-15 record with a 2.70 goals-against average. He hasn't played since Feb. 1, 2010.