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Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery died early Sunday morning in Hamilton, Ontario after drowning while swimming with friends, Hamilton police confirmed.

Emery was 35 years old.

He played 287 career NHL games across an 11-year career that included stops with the Ottawa SenatorsPhiladelphia FlyersAnaheim Ducks, and Chicago Blackhawks.

Emery last suited up during the 2015-16 season where he split his time between the Ontario Reign and Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and the Manheim Eagles of the DEL in Germany.

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The Philadelphia Flyers officially welcomed back James van Riemsdyk to the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday, as the big winger agreed to a five-year contract, the team announced.

The pact is worth $35 million, reports Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press.

Philadelphia drafted van Riemsdyk second overall in 2007 and shipped him to Toronto in 2012, where he’s spent the last six seasons as a mainstay in both the Maple Leafs’ top-six and first power-play unit.

Van Riemsdyk, 29, netted a career-high 36 goals and added 18 assists in 81 games in 2017-18.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are engaged in “ongoing discussions” regarding goaltender Petr Mrazek, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Flyers’ starting goalie Brian Elliott has been injured for more than a week, and isn’t expected back for at least another month following core muscle surgery. To make matters worse, backup netminder Michal Neuvirth left Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury.

After the Elliott injury, the Red Wings reportedly offered Mrazek to the Flyers for a third-round pick, which was declined, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Whether that offer still stands is unclear.

Mrazek will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. He’s gone 8-7-3 this season with a 2.89 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He’s played his best hockey of late, though, posting a .935 save percentage in his last 10 games.

Mrazek just turned 26 and has shown flashes of brilliance in his young career, so it’s possible he could be more than just a temporary fix for the Flyers.

The Flyers are holding onto third place in the Metropolitan Division with 70 points. They’re not in the clear yet, though, as the Devils (70 points), Islanders(64), Hurricanes (64), and Blue Jackets (63), are all battling for what appears to be three Eastern Conference postseason spots.

Radko Gudas knew a suspension was coming, but didn’t think it would be this lengthy.

The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman waived his right to an in-person hearing after dangerously slashing Mathieu Perreault of the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 16, choosing instead to speak to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety over the phone.

The invitation to meet face-to-face generally means the player is in for a suspension of at least five games, and in the end, the NHL deemed it prudent to ban Gudas for 10.

“I was surprised, I did not expect that,” Gudas said Monday via Flyers TV. “I don’t agree with it, but I accept their decision. There’s not much else I can say.”

The NHL’s decision was based on Gudas’ forceful chop delivered to a player in a vulnerable position, and while he did admit to being reckless with his stick, he added he’s never used it like that before.

Gudas is eligible to return to the lineup Dec. 12.

Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider will be immortalized in the form of a nine-foot bronze statue outside of the Wells Fargo Center, the team announced Thursday.

Snider founded the Flyers in 1967 and owned the franchise until his death in 2016. He witnessed Stanley Cup victories in 1974 and 1975.

The statue will be revealed Oct. 19 prior to a game against the Nashville Predators – on the 50th anniversary of the Flyers’ first-ever game.

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This year’s second overall selection, Nolan Patrick, has cracked the Philadelphia Flyers opening night roster, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

The news doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given Patrick entered this year’s draft as the No. 1 rated prospect by NHL Central Scouting. Nevertheless, the 19-year-old had a fairly underwhelming preseason offensively, wherein he tallied just three assists in six games, with his biggest highlight coming when he dropped the gloves with Boston Bruins forward David Krejci.

Patrick is primed to be an important cog for the Flyers moving forward and is expected to slot down the middle on Philly’s second or third line.

With the preseason now in the rear-view mirror, Patrick and his teammates will head to San Jose where they will open the regular season against the Sharks – and for Patrick – his first career regular season contest.