DETROIT -- The Blackhawks have said they have liked Ray Emery all season. On Saturday, they showed it.
The Hawks signed Emery to a one-year extension worth a reported $1.15 million. Emery initially signed a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Hawks before this season after being invited to training camp on a tryout offer.
Emery's play helped solidify things in goal when Corey Crawford experienced some ups and downs during his second full season in the NHL.
Emery, 29, compiled a 15-9-4 record and 2.81 goals-against-average in 34 regular-season appearances for the Hawks this year. He posted a 10-0-3 record and 2.15 GAA in 16 appearances at the United Center.
The Chicago chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association nominated Emery for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which honors dedication and perseverance. He was a finalist last season after overcoming hip surgery to backstop the Anaheim Ducks into the playoffs.
Emery was nominated for that and going through his first tryout in years to make the Hawks and eventually playing an important and unexpected role in their success this season.
"It was a difficult thing [coming back] and it was a lot things people don't see as well," Emery said. "When people recognize you for it, it's nice. It's humbling."