Big hurt? Emery OK

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

His surgically repaired left wrist was heavily taped and he didn't stop any shots with it, but Ray Emery made it onto the ice yesterday.

That, in itself, is an encouraging sign for the Senators and their fans.

The Senators goaltender scrimmaged with his teammates in preparation for the opening of training camp tomorrow. Emery won't be able to take shots on his catching hand when the team has its first on-ice workouts Saturday, but Emery remains optimistic he'll be ready for the season opener Oct. 3 against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

His teammates helped out yesterday by not shooting on his glove side during the hour-plus workout.

"The boys knew that my hand is not 100% yet. I just want to get out, try it out and get out there with the guys," said Emery. "But I'm not ready for full activity yet, for sure.

"If I don't feel comfortable, I'm not going to push it to come back too early. I definitely think I'll be ready for the end of training camp. I think we have seven exhibition games and my target is to play in three of them, probably the latter three ... that's what I want to do."

Emery, who signed a three-year, $9.5-million deal during the summer, had off-season surgery to repair the injured wrist, which dogged him all season after hurting it in November. While there were reports he was scheduled Monday to visit the doctor who performed the surgery in Cleveland, Emery said that wasn't the case.

His recovery remains on schedule, he said, and a consultation with the doctor isn't necessary. Emery will get input from athletic therapist Gerry Townend and team doctors before deciding when to go full out.

"(There's) no setback. I know where I'm at. Things are going well. I'm getting stronger. I'm getting mobility back. There's still some discomfort and it's still not at the point where I think I should go all out yet," he said.

"I want to be really strong so even if that means taking a couple more days (off), whatever the best way is to go about it, I'll do that after I talk to Gerry and the coach and get everyone's input on things. I know when I'm ready.

"I'm happy with the progress. I want to get it stronger than it was before I hurt it.

"I'm not worried about getting back a little while later if it means I'm at 100%. I don't want to go through what I went through last year with that hand.

"I want to get back as soon as I can and I'm going to work to get there. Like I said, I'm going to make sure I'm ready to go."

Emery ranked seventh in the league last year with a .918 save percentage and was ninth in shutouts with five.

He had a 2.47 goals-against average and a 33-16-6 record after taking over from Martin Gerber as the club's top goaltender in mid-November.


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