Emery out 9-12 weeks

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- Ray Emery went under the knife yesterday.

The Senators are hopeful the surgery he had to repair a wrist injury that hampered Emery for most of last year won't keep him out for the start of the regular season.

Emery, 24, who helped lead Ottawa to the Stanley Cup final against Anaheim, could need as long as three months to fully recover from the procedure he had in Cleveland.

He can return to the ice in six weeks, but won't be allowed to take shots on the wrist in practice for 9-12 weeks.

ALL RIGHT FOR SEASON

"He should be ready to play games by mid-September so the regular season won't be a problem," said Senators GM Bryan Murray yesterday.

"Everything went very well. It cleaned up an issue he had for a big part of the year and he played with. Everybody agreed this was what was best for him and they set him up to get it done."

Emery suffered the injury during a practice Nov. 7 in Atlanta. He played with it through the course of the regular season, but suffered more damage during the club's long playoff run.

Surgery wasn't the only option, but it made the most sense for Emery to recover.

"There was an option for (Emery) not to have surgery, but that would have been a very dangerous choice," said Emery's agent, J.P. Barry. "He would have been running too big a risk of instability in the wrist. If Ray goes into November and December and takes some shots in practice, you're running the risk of losing him during the season. We couldn't do that."

SEEKING BIG RAISE

Barry said this shouldn't change the club's negotiations on a new contract for Emery, who is seeking a huge raise from the $925,000 he made last season.

"Not if I go to arbitration and I get our award. It won't effect arbitration whatsoever and I would hope it wouldn't effect negotiations, because Ray isn't going to be gone for the long-term," said Barry.

Murray said he told Barry he's ready to hold discussions.

"I just need a week or so to get everything together here," said Murray.


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