'Substantial' fine for Sen

Sens goalie Ray Emery has had problems living up the team's expectations this season. (SUN...

Sens goalie Ray Emery has had problems living up the team's expectations this season. (SUN MEDIA/Errol McGihon)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Ray Emery is going to pay for being late -- but at least at this point that price does not include a trade or suspension.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who did admit he has tried to move the goalie with no takers, said minutes ago that Emery will be fined the maximum that the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement allows. It was not immediately clear how much that will be. Emery has also been told -- again -- that he has to live up the team's expectations.

Murray, who pulled Emery into a meeting with coach John Paddock, also noted that the club couldn't call anybody up because the AHL is still on its all-star break. That left the Senators with few immediate options because had they suspended Emery, Martin Gerber would be the only goalie they could dress for tonight's game against the N.Y. Islanders.

"It's probably monetary at this point," said Murray. "It has very little to do with suspensions or fines or anything like. It's the approach we've asked him to commit to going forward.

"Nobody likes anybody to be late. The circumstances here were maybe a little different. We've had a meeting and we're going to deal with him. There's going to be a substantial fine."

Emery spent 29 minutes on the ice today, then refused to speak to the media. Paddock offered a very brief summary to the situation.

"I'm just tired," said Paddock.

Emery showed up at the rink at 4:04 p.m. Monday for the club's 4 p.m. practice -- in other words, after the rest of the squad was already on the ice. He had not returned to Ottawa after the all-star break, instead choosing to arrive in New York independently after spending several days in Las Vegas.

Emery confirmed, to the coaching staff, a report in today's Sun that he thought practice was being held at the Nassau County Coliseum instead of the Islanders' practice facility.


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