COLUMBUS -- It turns out that Ray Emery's hand injury, which was kept under wraps through the Stanley Cup playoffs, is serious after all.
The Sun has learned that the Senators goalie was told this morning he will require surgery to repair torn cartilage in his wrist that will keep him out for up to three months. That means Emery, who emerged as the Senators' No. 1 goaltender fairly quickly last season despite the signing of high-priced free agent Martin Gerber, could be ready for the start of the regular season but will miss most of training camp.
"We looked at a lot of options, spoke with (GM) Bryan Murray and we felt this was the best option," said Emery's agent J.P. Barry. "Obviously with them going so deep in the playoffs the timetable becomes an issue."
Emery will have the procedure today in Cleveland.
The Senators have been heavily rumoured to have Gerber on the trading block as the team heads into tomorrow's NHL Entry Draft here, but it's not expected that this development would have any impact on that. Gerber is scheduled to make $3.75 million next season.
Emery, who played every game in the Senators' run to the Stanley Cup final, is currrently negotiating what should be a significant raise from the $925,000 he made last season.