Friday, April 18, 2008

Emery good as done in Ottawa

According to a report on

According to Ottawa Senators General Manager and head coach Bryan Murray, Ray Emery's tenure in the Nation's capital is likely over.

The Senator's top brass met with the media Friday to wrap up what turned out to be a disappointing season. When the subject of Emery was raised, Murray made his position clear.

"My plan is not to have him back," Murray told reporters.

Team owner Eugene Melnyk, who was part of the press conference refused to comment on the Emery situation.

It wasn't difficult to predict that one of Emery or Martin Gerber wouldn't be back for 2008-09, and Murray's choice to go with Gerber in the playoffs showed which goalie was his preference. Not to suggest that Emery isn't skilled, but he's run out of chances with the Senators.

Hopefully the Sens can trade Emery rather than having to buy him out, because say what you will about his off-ice behaviour, he's still an athletic young goaltender with a lot of potential. Another team will certainly take a chance on him if he becomes a free agent; every GM in the league probably has an idea on how to tame an unruly player.
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