NHL roundup: Flyers’ G Emery out for season

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ray Emery’s second chance in the NHL ended prematurely. The Philadelphia Flyers goalie needs surgery to repair his right hip and will miss the rest of the season.

“It’s not good,” Emery said Tuesday night. “It’s not something that I expected to happen. I’m 27 years old, and didn’t even think I had played my best hockey so far. But, things pop up, and you have to work through them.”

Emery signed with the Flyers over the summer after a one-year stint in Russia and the Kontinental Hockey League. Emery had worn out his welcome in Ottawa after leading the Senators to the Stanley Cup finals. He skipped practice, tangled with teammates and made a reputation as a fighter.

He displayed none of that attitude in Philadelphia and hoped to lead the Flyers into the playoffs. Emery went 16-11-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in his first season with the Flyers. He had three shutouts.

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Emery will be a free agent this summer and the Flyers had talked earlier this year about a possible extension. Those talks are now obviously on hold. Emery hoped to return if he can recover from the surgery.

“I’d love to, but this is quite the procedure, though,” he said. “I’m sure if I get a chance to come back and play I will have to prove myself. I love playing here, I love the guys and I love the city. It

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Tuesday that Emery’s surgery has not been scheduled.

Michael Leighton has started in Emery’s place and will likely be Philadelphia’s No. 1 goalie entering the playoffs. He is 13-7-1 for the Flyers entering Tuesday night’s game at Tampa Bay.

The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday and the Flyers could be on the move for another goalie. Backup Brian Boucher is only 4-11-1. Boucher led the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals in 2000, but bounced around before returning to Philadelphia. The Flyers are trying to win their first Stanley Cup since 1975.

Emery hoped the injury wasn’t career ending.

“The success is kind of considered being mobile, not playing professional sports,” he said. “It is something that I have to get done, and after that I

Ducks trade D Boynton to Chicago

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenseman Nick Boynton to the Chicago Blackhawks for future considerations.

Boynton was with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose when the trade was announced Tuesday. After signing with Anaheim as a free agent last July, he scored seven points in 42 games.

Boynton is expected to join the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate in Rockford.

The Ducks began Tuesday in 11th place in the Western Conference playoff race, but general manager Bob Murray doesn’t anticipate any major deals, believing the club can contend for a playoff spot.

Murray also adamantly said veteran defenseman Scott Niedermayer won’t be traded. Niedermayer captained Canada to a gold medal on Sunday at the Vancouver Olympics.

Thrashers sign D Chris Chelios

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Thrashers have signed 48-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios.

Chelios is a three-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman. He has spent the season with the AHL Chicago Wolves.

Chelios is expected to remain with the Wolves for now.

Chelios was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1981. He has played in 11 NHL All-Star games and has 185 goals and 763 assists in 1,644 NHL games.

Islanders send Sutton to Senators for draft pick

OTTAWA (AP) — The Ottawa Senators have acquired veteran defenseman Andy Sutton from the New York Islanders in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL draft.

The 34-year-old Sutton has 34 goals and 101 assists in 567 games with San Jose, Minnesota, Atlanta and the Islanders. The 6-foot-6 defenseman has 984 career penalty minutes, including 73 this season while posting four goals and eight assists in 54 games with New York.

His 153 blocked shots this season are second overall in the league.

The second-round draft choice obtained by the Islanders originally belonged to San Jose, which dealt the pick to Ottawa as part of the Sept. 12 trade in which the Senators sent Dany Heatley to the Sharks for Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo.

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