Clock ticking on Emery

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

TORONTO -- Goalie Ray Emery might want to keep an eye on the outcome of the Stanley Cup final.

Once the series between the Red Wings and Penguins ends, the clock will start ticking on his career with the Senators as GM Bryan Murray has the option of buying out Emery within 48 hours after the final ends.

That means if the Wings pull out to a 3-1 lead in the series with a victory tonight in Game 4, they could win the Cup on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and it's conceivable Emery could be out of work by Tuesday morning.

If the Senators decide to pass, they'll have to wait for the NHL's buyout period -- set for June 15-30 -- to get rid of Emery.

MILD INTEREST

Because Emery is under 26 years old (he turns 26 in September), his buyout will only be one-third -- close to $2.25 million (all terms US) -- of the $6.75 million remaining on his contract as opposed to two-thirds for players 26 and older.

League sources confirmed that Murray is trying to exhaust every option to try to trade Emery and there could be mild interest from one or two teams.

However, if a team is going to take a chance on Emery, it's not going to take on his contract without getting either a high draft pick or another player off Ottawa's roster in a trade. Even if Murray made one of those concessions, it still could be tough to make a deal.

"I don't think (Murray's) going to be able to deal him," a league executive said yesterday. "I'm not sure anybody is going to want to touch Ray Emery. There's so much baggage there with all the incidents in Ottawa last season, I'm not sure anybody will believe he's worth the risk.

"The Senators need to move on from him. Sure, a team might take a shot if the Senators put him on waivers and then bring him back on re-entry because then Ottawa would be on the hook for half his salary. He's probably going (be) bought out and then accept a two-way contract."

DIDN'T PLAY WELL

It's believed Murray has spoken with several teams in the last month about the possibility of picking up Emery.

The Kings had mild interest during the season and still need a goaltender, but they're not going to take Emery at just any price.

"Forget all the off-ice incidents, this is a guy who didn't play very well either," said another league executive. "He didn't do anything to distinguish himself when he did get in the net. It's not like when he took over from Martin Gerber, Emery went in there and saved the day.

"If he's on a two-way contract, and you can send him down for a minimal salary if it doesn't work out, then teams aren't going to mind taking that risk.

"I have a difficult time believing that anybody will touch him if he's still got the rest of that contract from Ottawa."


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