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Will anyone take Ray Emery?
Fri, June 20, 2008

The Senators are saying goodbye to goaltender Ray Emery.

In the wake of several incidents involving both the team and member of the public over the past couple of seasons, Emery has been served with a buyout notice by the club and has been placed on NHL waivers.
Full story: Sens cut Emery loose

Will anyone take Ray Emery?


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Off topic, but last night Ducks vs. Sens was another example of the sad state of officiating in the NHL today. These guys really can't keep up anymore - maybe it's the speed of today's game. I can't blame players for not knowing what constitutes a penalty, given the lack of consistency and outright bad calls/non-calls that happen in almost every game.
Roland, 2008-03-04 09:10:25

Sure they had to let him go and Murrays next sad just GET RID EMERY
rob allen, 2008-03-03 17:03:39

I honestly beleive that Emery is the main reason for Ottawa lack of performance on the ice.He is and has been distraction on and off the ice since he joined the team. They should try and deal/trade him in the of season. John Paddock is not totally the blame for the Senators slump.

My two cents, 2008-03-03 15:32:27

I have played on, coached, and managed teams sports for just about all of my life. For the first thing, since Paddock couldn't or wouldn't discipline Emery, he deserved to be fired. It is evident that the whole team completely lost respect for him and stopped playing for him. In my experience, when there is a problem personality on the team, if the coach can't straighten him/her out, the rest of the team (or the Captain) will ensure that the problem child conforms. Did the team lose respect so long ago that they just didn't care what Emery was doing anymore???
Voice of Reason, 2008-03-03 11:46:25

This coaching change all seemed to come about after the team loses two games to a red hot Boston Bruin team. Other teams have also recieved the rath of this Bruin team. Murray should of let the team work its way out of their own mess. IMO Paddock was not to blame. leo.
leo langlois, 2008-03-01 14:58:04

Roland: the topic is "Was John Paddock's firing necessary?" not "List everything negative you can think of about the Ottawa Senators".
Popsicle Pete, 2008-03-01 14:54:15

Thanks for the clarification Vince. I can't really disagree, although I think a large part of the recent problems evident among certain under-achievers is a negative reaction to the way one meathead has been allowed to get away with murder, not to mention soft goals repeatedly given up in tight games (e.g., the two recent losses to NJ) by whoever is between the pipes. Today's news item that Murray tried to trade both Emery and Gerber to Chicago for Khabibulin and Lalime says it all.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-01 13:38:43

Popsicle Pete:

Sorry - I thought when I read the question "Was John Paddock's firing necessary?", that we were talking about the Senators in this string. I wasn't suggesting that there aren't many other cement heads involved in the NHL, and hockey in general. The Senators are a mixed bag of odd personalities, and the firing of John Paddock doesn't begin to address the problems that the team has currently. There's still hope for them this season though, as raw talent can take you far. They have obvious weaknesses in goal for sure, and on defence which I wouldn't have predicted at the beginning of the year. Redden has always been over-rated in my view.
Roland, 2008-03-01 11:52:28

To George O’Leary; I understand your point and it is well taken. Having played and coached team sports all of my life when I mention "they" I am using it as a collective term. Since they are a team, they all are involved as a default. The coaches refer to them as "the players" hence "they". There are many transgressors that commit or non-commit only one act. Add these individual acts one by one, and it becomes "their acts". Together they win, together they lose. Being on a team requires working with others, united they stand, and divided they fall! Too often some athletes that play on team sports put themselves ahead of the team. All the players are either part of the solution or they are part of the problem. However the situation only "THEY" can fix it together with the coach. Cheers!
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-03-01 10:31:46

Yeah Roland, and every other team in the league is flawless, and players for every other team never make mistakes. It's obvious you have a bone to pick with the Sens.

Spezza is the only player in league history to lose his temper and take a dumb penalty? It happens every day. Get a life.

And of course, everyone in hockey knows that the Ducks ONLY won the Cup last year because Alfredsson almost hit an Anaheim player with the puck. Awesome insight on your part.

What about ex-Leaf Shane Corson kicking an Isles player (Godard I believe) in the head in the 2002 playoffs after getting his butt kicked in a fight. But naw, we'll only talk about Havlat.

Melnyk wishes the Leafs were more competitive... SO THE SENS CAN BEAT THEM IN THE PALYOFFS, moron. You can gloat all you want about "Leafs 12 Sens 2 in the last three meetings" but face facts: your precious Leafs will not even make the playoffs while Ottawa has been first in the conference practically ALL SEASON LONG. It;s easy to throw numbers around arguing otherwise, but the Leafs simply ARE NOT COMPETITIVE.

Former Leaf captain Rob Ramage killed his close friend Keith Magnuson while DRIVING DRUNK! Is that not "the ultimate act of stupidity"? But naw, we'll just pick on Heatley.

The Berard/Hossa incident was an accident and it could have happened to anyone. If a Leaf player did the EXACT same thing and a Senators' player got hurt, you'd be defending him till you're blue in the face. Get an unbiased opinion and then we'll talk.

Calling Ottawa "a bunch of head cases" is pretty funny. They are the ONLY team in hockey history who are not perfect, right? Jerk.
Popsicle Pete, 2008-03-01 00:06:27

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