Emery: 'honest mistake'

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:50 AM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Senators couldn't suspend or trade Ray Emery ... so they hit him in the wallet.

Sources say Senators GM Bryan Murray was advised by the NHL it would be difficult to suspend the goalie for showing up late for practice on Monday. Emery will be slapped with a $14,500 fine -- 1/187th of his $2.75-million salary.

The Senators tried to get 1/82nd of Emery's salary (approximately $33,000), but were advised by club lawyers they'd be in for a fight because the goalie didn't miss a game.

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

Murray also told the 25-year-old netminder that he's tried to trade him and there are no takers.

"Am I sending him to Binghamton or am I sending him to another team? I don't think there's that opportunity at this point," said Murray. "I made that clear to him. I have talked to some teams about goaltending.

"At this moment, most teams feel satisfied with their goaltending. So there isn't a market at the moment. The option is to just leave him at home and not let him play, but I don't know that I want to do that at this point in time."

Emery is a repeat offender. He showed up five minutes before a Dec. 28 practice in Ottawa and was sent home by coach John Paddock. At that time, Emery promised things were going to change.

But after spending the all-star weekend in Las Vegas and arriving in New York late Sunday, Emery told Murray that he went to the Nassau County Coliseum first and spent two hours trying to get to the practice rink in nearby Syosset. Emery arrived at 4:04 p.m. and was informed he wasn't going on the ice.

"He didn't try to get in touch with me," said Paddock.

"It's not the ideal end to the trip. I just went to the wrong location," said Emery after last night's 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.

"It was an honest mistake. I spent two hours trying to get to practice.

"I don't know what to say. I didn't want to cause a ruckus. I've got to make up for it.

"They said if it's a one-time thing, it's accidental ... but it's me all the time and it's their job to do something about it. I didn't want to miss that practice. Now that it has happened, I have to pick my socks up."

Paddock said Emery promised to work harder.

"I guess I've said that before," said Paddock. "We have to go on as a team. He has to go on as a player. We have to win games. Obviously, he needs to hold up his end of the bargain just like everybody else."

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said the issue "has to be addressed.

"It's not good. We have our fines (as a team) for being late and I guess management is going to deal with it as well. It's unfortunate," said Alfredsson.


Videos

Photos