Emery could lead a parade of players out of Ottawa

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

If the Senators do as expected and buy out Ray Emery's contract and none of the team's unrestricted free agents re-sign, Ottawa could have eight new faces in the lineup come the fall.

Senators GM Bryan Murray told Sun Media yesterday that the team's seven UFAs -- Chris Kelly, Wade Redden Shean Donovan, Cory Stillman, Randy Robitaille, Mike Commodore and Martin Lapointe -- will hit the market on July 1.

Shortly after introducing Craig Hartsburg as the Senators' new coach, Murray said the club could have a number of new faces next season -- especially with contract negotiations for Kelly, Donovan and Stillman going nowhere.

The Senators have already decided they don't want Redden, Robitaille, Commodore or Lapointe back.

"Every unrestricted free agent wants to get to July 1 and wants to get their money," said Murray. "That's their (right). I don't blame them, but I can't possibly give them what they're asking for at this point in time."

As for the Emery, the Senators have decided the time has come to part ways with the enigmatic and sometimes tardy goalie. With the two-week buyout period beginning tomorrow, Emery could be gone in the next 48 hours.

Emery's buyout will cost the Senators $2.25 million (all terms US) of the $6.75 million remaining on his contract.

"I don't think our plan has changed on our situation with Ray and a couple of other people: We're moving on," said Murray. "We've got to clean the slate here. If, in fact, the issues were as big as they were last year and the problems were as big as they are, then it's better to get a fresh start. If Ray moves on, he'll have success elsewhere, but maybe for us a fresh start is most important."


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