LA Kings AHL affiliate signs Ray Emery to PTO

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Carolina Hurricanes' Nathan Gerbe (14) scores against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery (29) during shootout in an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, April 4, 2015. Carolina won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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After surrendering nine goals in their first two games the Los Angeles Kings decided to add some more goaltending depth to their system.

On Saturday the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Ontario Reign, announced it signed veteran netminder Ray Emery to a PTO. He was signed to a PTO by the Tampa Bay Lightning in training camp but didn’t stick with the team.

The Lightning lost backup Andrei Vasilevskiy shortly before the start of camp with blood clots. 

Per the Tampa Bay Times from before training camp:

"Anytime you get a chance to play in the best league in the world, it's exciting," Emery said. "All I can control is doing as well as I can in training camp, and hopefully get good results."

He has battled hip injuries throughout his career, but still managed to stay an NHL regular in spite of his issues. Last season with the Philadelphia Flyers he had a 3.06 goals against average and .894 save percentage in 31 games.

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The 33-year-old Emery is just two years removed from a season with the Chicago Blackhawks where he had a 1.94 goals against average and .922 save percentage in 21 games. He went 17-1-0 that year.

The Kings system is loaded with veteran goaltenders along with starter Jonathan Quick. There's backup Jhonas Enroth (131 NHL games), along with Peter Budaj (296 NHL games) in the AHL and now Emery who has played in 287 NHL games.

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While Los Angeles hasn’t exactly played great in front of Quick in their first two games, the two-time Stanley Cup winning netminder has struggled.

Above is a video of the Arizona Coyotes first goal in their 4-1 beatdown of Los Angeles on Friday at Staples Center. Last summer the Kings traded backup goaltender Martin Jones, considered one of the league's more underrated talents, to the Boston Bruins as part of a deal to land hulking forward Milan Lucic. Through two games, Lucic has yet to record a point and is a minus-2.

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