Wake up!

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

Ray Emery has been given the ultimate wake-up call.

After admitting he missed practice Friday because he "slept in" and wasn't "sick" as coach John Paddock claimed, the Senators goalie was summoned to a meeting by his teammates before the morning skate yesterday.

Emery didn't apologize for showing up just five minutes before the 11 a.m. practice, and indications are his teammates told him it better not happen again.

"I just slept in. I got here late and (Paddock) told me to beat it," said a sheepish Emery. "I have never been a guy that's on time all the time, but it's disappointing not getting here on time.

"The team is in first place in the conference and I don't want to be a distraction. That's what I said to (Paddock) Friday and that's why I wanted to skate. I didn't want to have this right now."

Emery, the backup against Washington last night, was at the rink at 8:30 a.m. yesterday and went on the ice with goalie coach Eli Wilson at 10:05 a.m. It was the most work Emery has done in months.

Emery's teammates are tired of the way he has been acting and he knows it. He has been showing up late, leaving practice early and hasn't been working hard enough to get back in the net. It's believed that message was conveyed in the meeting.

"We talked about it," said captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We just wanted to make sure everybody knew what was going on."

Emery is frustrated and wants to work harder to get in the net, but maintained the post-practice rage was blown out of proportion.

"I got mad at myself because I've been having trouble getting motivated on the ice. I was more upset with myself. It was a coincidence that I slept in (Friday)," he said. "I have no one to blame but myself for the situation I am in. I've got to get it turned around.

"I don't know why I'm not motivated right now, but it's got to change."

As reported by the Sun yesterday, Emery is being shopped around, but there's not much of a market for backups making $3.1 million.

Emery noted the lack of work hasn't helped him fully recover from off-season wrist surgery.

"I've kind of been just doing what I do and then getting out of the rink. I have to be more dedicated on that side as well."


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