Sens have nothing to lose by hanging on to Emery ... for now

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

The Ray Emery buyout is on hold.

Emery won't be back with Senators next season, but a league executive said yesterday that he wouldn't blame the Senators if they decided to wait until after this weekend's draft before deciding to cut loose the wayward goaltender.

While sources say Ottawa GM Bryan Murray has exhausted every avenue to try to trade Emery, the indications are the Blues have held discussions with nearly every team in the NHL to see if they can find a goaltender for next season.

"I'd take one more shot at the draft to see if I can find someone (to deal for Emery)," the league executive said. "You have until June 30 to exercise the buyout. It doesn't mean you have to run the guy out of town as soon as the buyout period starts.

"You've got a few days to make some decisions and strangers things have happened. Guys you say will never get moved, end up getting moved."

Fleming the man?

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg will likely begin his search for an assistant coach this week and the indications are Calgary assistant Wayne Fleming is at the top of the list.

Fleming, who was part of Canada's gold medal-winning staff in 2002 in Salt Lake City and at the 2004 World Cup, has a contractual window in which to explore other employment avenues.

Fleming, who has a strong relationship with Hartsburg from their days together with the Flyers, interviewed for a job with a team in the Russian elite league, but couldn't come to an agreement.

Assistant coach Greg Carvel will be retained by Hartsburg.


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