New millionaire Ray Emery has no immediate plans to buy a Bugatti Veyron, a Maybach 62, a mansion on the hills or even a lousy yacht.
"I don't have any big purchases in mind," the NHL's most flamboyant goalie disappointed yesterday, chuckling. "Maybe my parents might get a gift, but that's about it."
At the same time, Emery also won't be peeling off into the sunset -- whether in true style or the simple white Hummer that has become one of this region's most recognized vehicles -- before 2011, unless the Senators decide to trade him.
The 24-year-old avoided an appointment yesterday in Toronto with an arbitrator when his agent, J.P. Barry, suggested he accept the three-year contract offered by Senators GM Bryan Murray.
The deal will pay Emery $9.5 million (all term US), or an average of just under $3.2 million per season.
Murray also managed to sign defenceman/winger Christoph Schubert -- who was scheduled for arbitration Friday -- and spoke positively about inking Chris Kelly before his Aug. 1 hearing.
That would almost reveal them as three players to be named later in last week's Peter Schaefer for Shean Donovan trade, no?
"We're still in pretty good shape," Murray said in reference to the salary cap. "Trading Schaefer opened up a little more room, but both numbers (new salaries for Emery and Schubert) were budgeted ... with Ray were saving a little (from what they expected to pay) this year.
"We wanted to negotiate from the beginning, and they did, too," Murray added of Emery talks that had the Senators make an offer at about 11 p.m. Monday that seemed to get the ball going in the right direction. "J.P. had a couple of proposals, and prior to going in (to see the arbitrator), we came back with a number they seemed satisfied with.
"This gets Ray through his restricted (free agency) time ... we like that we have three years with him, he's young and we believe he's going to get better ... and he'll certainly know at the end of it if he has the opportunity to be one of the marquee, big-money guys."
From the $925,000 he made while leading the Senators to the Stanley Cup final last season, Emery will now be the 18th-highest-paid goalie in the league.
Alas, he is also just the third-highest-paid netminder in Ontario, behind the Leafs' Vesa Toskala ($4 million) and teammate Martin Gerber ($3.7 million).
Yes, remaining is the imbalance that sees Emery paid less than the guy that watches him play most nights from a spot on the end of the bench.
"It wasn't (an awkward situation) and Ray made a lot less last year," said Murray, pointing to the fact Gerber is older and was an unrestricted free agent when he signed with Ottawa a summer ago.
Murray also acknowledged that while he can now intensify attempts to trade Gerber, there doesn't appear to be much in the way of interest.
Shrugging off the pay discrepancy is Emery, who will soon be fitted with a Gore-Tex cast and in 2O weeks or so have his surgically repaired wrist bare and free again. His recovery remains on track and he should be ready for the start of the regular season.
HAPPY IN OTTAWA
"It's not about money," said Emery, admitting to some relief over not having to go through arbitration. "I'm still going to play the game the same way. I'm still the same player. I don't care what other guys make. If you make a lot of money, you make a lot of money. That's fine by me."
So is staying in Ottawa for three more seasons, even if his off-ice activities and styles are monitored closer than they would be in a larger metropolis.
"I like the city, I realize we have a great team, I know the guys," said Emery. "I will admit I had to learn how to deal with that, being under a microscope, but they're hockey fans here and everything is just great. I love playing in Canada and it's something you have to work with, to use to your advantage. You can do a lot with that exposure."