New deal makes cents for Emery

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

The $4.25-million deal that goalie Henrik Lundqvist got from the New York Rangers yesterday was great news for Ray Emery ... and likely bad news for the Senators.

Emery had similar numbers to Lundqvist last season and that will likely be on the table if the two sides do go to arbitration. It's believed Emery's agent J.P. Barry will also use the $4.5-million per-season deal Rick DiPietro signed with the New York Islanders as a comparison.

Talks to get the Senators goalie under contract got off to a good start yesterday at Scotiabank Place.

Senators GM Bryan Murray talked to Emery and Barry for more than three hours to try to avoid an arbitration hearing which is scheduled for July 24 in Toronto.

While Emery, 24, who helped lead the club to the Stanley Cup final this spring, wasn't involved in all of the talks, he had a meeting with Murray before the two sides got down to business on getting a new deal in place.

"We had good discussions and we've both agreed we're going to try to do everything we can to avoid going the arbitration process if it all possible," said Barry, co-managing director of CAA Sports.

Barry admitted there is plenty of work to be done.

"We're just going to keep working at it," said Barry.

TRYING TO TRADE GERBER

The Senators would like to get a deal done with Emery so Murray can focus on trading goaltender Martin Gerber and the two years and $7.4 million remaining on his deal.

Part of the talks involved Emery's health. The goalie had surgery last month to repair tendon damage in his wrist.

"He's on track for a full, timely recovery," said Barry. "He's going to have the cast off at the end of the month and it all looks positive.

"He's going to be able to train next month, he just won't be allowed to take shots until mid-September."


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