The Senators are saying goodbye to goaltender Ray Emery.
In the wake of several incidents involving both the team and member of the public over the past couple of seasons, Emery has been served with a buyout notice by the club and has been placed on NHL waivers.
"A change will be good for him as well. There was a lot of negativity around him," said captain Daniel Alfredsson today.
If nobody decides to pick up the 25-year-old, then Emery will be bought out for one third of the remaining $6.75 million on his contract -- or approximately $2.25 million. Emery has two years left on the deal. He would then become a free agent and although several teams have expressed an interest in Emery, it's unlikely he would be able to sign anything but a two-way deal -- which would pay him considerably less were he not to stay on an NHL roster.
Emery's recent history with the Senators includes arriving late for practices, a run-in with a motorist while en route to Scotiabank Place, missing a team flight and accusations that he did not work hard enough while recuperating from off-season wrist surgery heading into the 2007-08 season.
When Senators coach John Paddock was fired in February, the rookie bench boss said his handling of the Emery situation was one of the key reasons for his demise with Ottawa.