Huet trade stuns Emery, Gerber

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

BOSTON -- Ray Emery sat under a TV in the visitors' dressing room at TD Banknorth Garden, listening to the TradeCentre talk on TSN while taking off his skates and pads yesterday morning.

Occasionally he would stop, smile to himself and shake his head.

What are you thinking, Ray?

"Cristobal Huet," he said, without looking up, grinning and shaking his head again. "For a second (round pick)?"

Martin Gerber couldn't believe the Montreal Canadiens traded a goalie of Huet's calibre, either.

"(Carey) Price is good," he said, "but ...

But he's also a 20-year-old left to carry the hopes of the Senators' toughest division rival, in a job two considerably more experienced men are having trouble with in Ottawa.

Indeed, when the Canadiens dealt Huet to Washington, people were waiting for a second shoe to drop. At one point, there was speculation it would land in the Senators dressing room with Murray bringing Olaf Kolzig into the Emery-Gerber mix. However, logic soon took over. The Caps' third goalie wouldn't be much help to the Senators.

Consider this when questioning why Bryan Murray didn't offer up more for a Marian Hossa or Brian Campbell yesterday: Would it really be in Ottawa's best interest to ante up a large chunk of the future for what might be a rental player when it's pretty clear the Senators don't have the goaltending to get out of their conference in the playoffs? And before arguing that the problem lies with team defence, ponder the possibility that while the system hasn't changed, perhaps players are even subconsciously going about their jobs realizing they'll not be bailed out by whomever is between the pipes.

It all comes down to goaltending, and right now the Senators just don't have it.

STARTS AND STOPS

Say this for the Senators: The way they're playing defence these days, they have an uncanny way of making a guy like Shawn Thornton -- who established a career high last night with his third of the season -- look a lot like a 30-goal marksman ... First Gary Roberts, now Marian Hossa. That's two straight years the Pittsburgh Penguins have yanked a guy the Senators wanted from under their noses at the deadline ... Gerber's real nickname is not "Gerbs," as he is called by his teammates. It's "Tinu," which is short for Martin (not the smart alec answer you might have given) in his native Switzerland ... Tinu was livid with Anton Volchenkov in the second period, blasting the defenceman during a stop in play at the bench for putting his stick in front of a Zdeno Chara shot.

BETWEEN PERIODS

As you'd expect, Emery shrugged off the booing he received from the Scotiabank Place crowd Monday night. "They pay their money to sit in the seats, they can do what they want," said Emery, who allowed five goals on 21 shots. As for his self-evalation in that one, he added: "They came out and it was kind of a different kind of game for me. I felt all right, there were just pucks coming through guys ... maybe the last goal I'd like to get back, but the guy's kinda cutting across the middle and slides it five-hole. I don't know, sometimes that happens ... I just want to play well next time I get in there." When will that be? Probably tomorrow in Philly, but after Monday Paddock might be rethinking his plan to go with Emery as his No. 1 guy. Rayzor is unconcerned about such speculation. "I just play good when I get in there, or try to. I can't worry about what other people are thinking. You just kick when you get in there." ... The Bruins didn't make any noise at the deadline, but they could still add a significant member to their roster this season -- Patrice Bergeron. The outstanding 22-year-old centre, who has been out more than four months with a concussion, skated for the third straight day. Nothing too strenuous, and he is still suffering from symptoms, but there is progress. "I'm optimistic," said Bergeron, a 70-plus point player who brings more than offence to the table. "I'm feeling a lot better. Obviously I know I'll be back at one point. Is it going to be this year or next year, I don't know. I want to stay cautious and make sure I'm doing the right thing ... that's what the medical staff is doing right now. They want to make sure I'm climbing the ladder."

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...

It's believed the rumour that Emery missed yesterday's morning skate was started by someone who didn't realize the TSN guys were making a joke about it during their marathon trade show. Anyway, Emery was one of 10 players who, in fact, did take part in the OPTIONAL workout at TD Banknorth Garden, a group that also included Gerber ... How solid is Bruins rookie Milan "Little Gino" Lucic? In the first period, Volchenkov ran into him and bounced off. And to think, at 6-foot-4 and 220 lbs., the 19-yearld Lucic is still growing ... Moments earlier, Dany Heatley tried a similar tactic with Zdeno Chara. He bounced off too. At least the Senators came out hitting for a change ... Former Senator Sheriff Shane Hnidy was having some fun with his teammate (and former Senator) Peter Schaefer at the Bruins' morning skate. "Schaef must have had a coffee today," chirped the Sheriff. "His heart beat is at one."


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