Toronto Marlies sign goaltender Ray Emery to PTO

Mike Babcock liked what he saw from the Maple Leafs in the second period and thought that despite the loss, the team played reasonably well, even Bernier, who Babcock announced will start on Saturday.

The Toronto Marlies addressed their goaltending depth, signing veteran Ray Emery to a professional tryout (PTO).

The Marlies were down a goaltender after the Maple Leafs called up Antoine Bibeau to provide a backup option behind Jonathan Bernier. The Maple Leafs have become increasingly thin in net with James Reimer nursing a groin injury, out since Dec. 3, and Garret Sparks suffering a lower-body injury that will hold him out until after Christmas.

Emery, 33, has bounced around the league this season. He attended training camp this past September with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a PTO but didn’t make the team and agreed to a tryout with the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, on Oct. 10.

Emery made three appearances with the Reign, recording an .878 save percentage with a 3.30 goals-against average, before he was released from the tryout agreement in early December.

The Hamilton, Ont., native has played in 156 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, and Anaheim Ducks.

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