Emery to see wrist surgeon

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:41 PM ET

COLUMBUS -- Ray Emery will find out today if he has to go under the knife.

A specialist at Dr. Anthony Miniaci's clinic in Cleveland will determine if Emery needs surgery on the wrist of his catching hand.

Emery, 24, who suffered the injury in practice on Nov. 7, had a difficult time catching the puck for the remainder of the season.

But the injury didn't stop Emery from having success. He played a key role in helping the Senators get to the Stanley Cup final, but there were times he didn't practise.

"We're just going to have it looked at and see what action needs to be taken," said Emery's agent, J.P. Barry.

Barry spoke with new Senators GM Bryan Murray on Monday to make sure he approved of the appointment. If Emery needs surgery, he'd like to get it done quickly because there's a 4-6-week recovery period depending on the extent of the injury.

"This is something we want to get going on and we can't afford to wait any longer," said Barry. "(Emery) wants to be on the ice (in) August and take part in the training program that we've got set up."

Once the issue with Emery's wrist is settled, work can begin on a new contract. A restricted free agent who made $925,000 (all terms US) last season, Emery is due for a hefty raise.

Barry had brief contract discussions with the Senators before John Muckler was fired as GM. Since contract negotiator Kevin Billet is expected to be shown the door in the next two weeks, those talks will have to begin again.

"I'm sure we're going to have a chance to speak with (Murray) about the contract in the next couple of weeks," said Barry.

GERBER GOING?: While searching for a coach will be one of Murray's top priorities, he will also try to deal G Martin Gerber before Friday's draft. It's believed before Muckler was fired, he was in talks with the Coyotes and Kings about a deal involving Gerber. The belief is the Coyotes are demanding that the Senators take D Derek Morris and his $3.9-million price tag for next season. That could be tough for the Senators to swallow, but nobody is going to eat the $7.4 million and two years left on Gerber's contract without dumping some salary, too.

SAPRYKIN BACK?: Murray got a bit of a surprise on his first day on the job. An NHL source told the Sun that Muckler gave W Oleg Saprykin a $1.064-million qualifying offer just before being replaced. Acquired at the trade deadline for a second-round draft pick, Saprykin, a restricted free agent, will be back with the Senators unless Murray can trade him this summer. Murray likely doesn't want the fourth-liner, but can't pull the offer from the table because all Saprykin has to do is sign the contract and send it back to lock the Senators in for next year. Saprykin would be overpriced for the role he'd play in Ottawa. Under normal circumstances, qualifying offers aren't sent out until the last week of June. If Saprykin hadn't received an offer from the Senators, he would have become an unrestricted free agent.

AROUND THE BOARDS: The Senators are expected to announce they've signed C Dean McAmmond to a two-year deal in the next couple of days. He'll make $900,000 next season and $950,000 in 2008-09. That's a nice raise from the $725,000 he made last year. McAmmond was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and made it clear he wanted to stay ... Murray arrived in town yesterday and he'll spend a couple of days meeting with top scout Frank Jay and the rest of the staff. "I'm going to let them do their work and I will just fill them in on my philosophy," said Murray.


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