Former Flyers goalie Ray "Razor" Emery told ESPN.com he will skate next week for the first time since career-threatening hip surgery last spring. The complex operation involved having a bone grafted from the lower part of his leg and being inserted into his hip.
"Usually when you have this type of thing done, they just want you to walk again," Emery said.
But Emery, 28, a free agent who started his grueling rehab sessions six weeks ago, said he hasn't abandoned hope of returning to the NHL someday. Emery said the earliest he thought he would be ready to play would be "maybe January."
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has left the door open for Emery.
"I'd say he's an NHL longshot this year," Holmgren told The Inquirer on Friday, adding that, provided Emery is healthy, the Flyers might be interested in "putting him somehwere (the minors) and seeing how he does."
Emery had a 2.64 GAA and .905 save percentage last season, his only year with the Flyers.
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For the third time in the young season, Flyers rookie goalie Sergei "Bob" Bobrovsky will start against the Penguins Friday.
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