Shortly after signing Peter Budaj to a one-year deal, the Los Angeles Kings made another move in the goaltending department as their AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, have signed veteran Ray Emery to a professional tryout contract.
The 33-year-old netminder was invited to a professional tryout by the Tampa Bay Lightning during training camp but was ultimately released by the club.
Emery was signed by the Kings and immediately placed on waivers with the purpose of being re-assigned to the AHL. Budaj was also placed on waivers but he cleared them on Saturday.
Emery now joins Budaj, Patrik Bartosak and Michael Houser on the Reign roster as it is now — for the time being, at least — a four-goaltender show for Los Angeles’s AHL affiliate.
Emery now joins his fifth NHL organization and returns to Southern California after a 10-game stint with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2010-11 campaign. But after being an integral part in the Ottawa Senators‘ run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007, the native of Hamilton, Ont., has bounced around quite a bit, including a stint in the KHL and two tours of duty with the Philadelphia Flyers.