Ray Emery's remarkable comeback from hip surgery will be storied often as the competition between him and Alexander Salak for the backup goalie job unfolds this preseason.
"I think I'm the only professional athlete missing a fibula right now," Emery joked Saturday after his on-ice work concluded at training camp.
Emery, who is in Chicago on a tryout offer, allowed three goals in his first scrimmage after beginning with solid saves on Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews.
"I'll give myself a B- or something," Emery said when asked for his personal evaluation. "I was pretty solid. I'd like to have the last one back. You've got to get your hands at the start of the year and there's a whole bunch of things going through your head as far as playing the puck, covering the rebounds, looking through traffic and different things it's tough to brush on during the summer. I did a lot of those well, but it wasn't season, game ready."
The Hawks sing the praises of Salak, who had a great year in Sweden last year. But he can be sent to Rockford without having to clear waivers and the Hawks might be better off with experience behind second-year goalie Corey Crawford.
Emery is very motivated to earn a contract. If he plays well, he should get it.
"I liked him," coach Joel Quenneville said of Emery's play Saturday. "He did well. He looked big in the net. He looked very composed and looked confident as well. I thought he came in at a real important time in the Anaheim season last year and did a great job for them. I liked his approach going into this camp. We'll definitely keep an eye on him. We like what we're seeing."