Ray of hope for Emery

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

Ex-Ottawa goalie Ray Emery won't be out of work long.

Judging by the initial reaction of NHL teams to Emery's status as an unrestricted free agent after being bought out last week by the Senators, the 25-year-old could have a new contract in hand not long after he's allowed to officially sign with another team on July 1.

Emery's agent, J.P. Barry, told Sun Media he's had a couple of calls from teams interested in Emery and he expects that's going to increase over the course of the next week.

"It's fair to say I had some interest within a couple of hours of him officially becoming free," said Barry. "Teams are trying to fulfil a need and they see a guy who could possibly help them."

While Barry wouldn't name the interested teams, the Capitals, Lightning, Kings and Blackhawks are all looking for goaltending help. There's talk a Russian team may have also shown interest in Emery.

Despite his off-ice issues, Emery did help lead the Senators to the Stanley Cup final in 2007.

"I don't think anybody is concerned about Ray Emery's athletic ability," said Barry. "The issue for teams is whether Ray Emery is going to be able to come in and refocus and get back to playing the way he's capable of playing.

"Ray is committed to doing that. He wants to be the best player that he can be."


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