General manager Paul Holmgren confirmed the Flyers have interest in Ray Emery, a free-agent goaltender with a checkered past.

Emery, 26, recently completed a season in Russia after the Senators bought out his contract the year after a trip to the 2007 Stanley Cup finals. Emery's time in Ottawa also was marked with missed practices and skirmishes with teammates.

"He's a good, young goalie, but we're not entirely sure what happened in Ottawa," Holmgren said. "That would be something we would need to check into."

Emery was 22-8 with a 2.12 goals-against average for Atlant Moscow. His time in the KHL wasn't all caviar and vodka, however. He reportedly got into an altercation with a team trainer and also left the club briefly during the season over a contract dispute. J.P. Barry, Emery's agent, did not return a message.

Since starter Marty Biron and reserve Antero Niittymaki are unrestricted free agents, the Flyers currently have no NHL goaltenders under contract. Holmgren said he has spoken to representatives for Biron, but no real progress on any of the UFAs is imminent until the amount of the 2009-10 salary cap is determined following the current season.

Hip hopping

Defenseman Randy Jones was checked out by noted hip specialist Dr. Thomas Byrd and the results were a little discouraging.

Jones, 27, will make a return trip to Byrd's office in Nashville, Tenn., next Monday for exploratory surgery. Paul Holmgren said the cause of the pain in Jones' hip, which was operated on in October and nagged him throughout the season, should be determined then.

"The worst-case scenario is that it would be 2 months of downtime and rehab, which wouldn't put him jeopardy for missing camp," Holmgren said.

Darroll Powe's prognosis was much brighter. The 23-year-old forward does not need anything invasive at this point and instead was told simply to rest for a few weeks.

Simon Gagne and Antero Niittymaki will be examined next week, Holmgren said. *