Rayzer not ready yet

Sens goalie Ray Emery is working his way back after wrist surgery over the summer. (Sun File/Errol...

Sens goalie Ray Emery is working his way back after wrist surgery over the summer. (Sun File/Errol McGihon)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Ray Emery likely won't get much of a tuneup before the NHL's regular season opens.

While the Senators' No. 1 goalie is recovering well from his June 21 wrist surgery, there's a chance Emery might not play before Ottawa's Oct. 3 season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Emery, 24, who signed a three-year, $9.5-million contract, has been working out in Calgary with Senators' goalie coach Eli Wilson. But he hasn't been taking shots on the glove side. Emery and Wilson are expected to arrive in Ottawa this week with training camp opening Sept. 13 at Scotiabank Place.

Last year, Emery was the best goalie in camp, but the No. 1 job had been conceded to Martin Gerber. The highly-touted free agent struggled to start the year and Emery led Ottawa to the Stanley Cup final against the Anaheim Ducks.

"He'll be ready for the start of the regular season," said Emery's agent J.P. Barry. "I saw (Emery) last week and he was doing well. The cast came off when it was supposed to come off and he's able to do everything. He'll be able to participate in drills, he's just not going to be able to take shots on the glove side. I'm not sure if he's going to be able to play in any exhibition games."

Further damage

Emery suffered the injury during a Nov. 7 practice in Atlanta. He played with it through the course of the season, but suffered further damage during the club's long playoff run. The Senators will play seven pre-season games and Barry suggested Emery could suit up Sept. 29 at home against Montreal or Sept. 30 on the road vs. Washington.

"It might be a good goal for him in camp to play one of those games," said Barry. "You would have to speak to (Wilson), but I would think he'd only need five or six days working with the glove to get ready for the start of the regular season."


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