STOCKHOLM -- Ray Emery could be a man in demand.
The word here is one NHL club has already put out feelers about getting the former Senators goaltender out of Russia and back in an NHL uniform.
But apparently Emery, ranked 24th among 48 KHL goalies listed by Russian Hockey Digest (2.65 GAA, .896 save percentage) is intent on playing out this season in Russia. With no official agreement governing the movement of players between the NHL and KHL, both sides are quietly respecting contracts. Contrary to many reports, Emery has a two-, not a one-year deal, to play for Mytischi Atlant of the KHL. He's making $2 million this season. He has an out clause that would allow him to return to the NHL next summer.
You can bet rubles to dollars that's what will happen.
FISHER AIN'T HAPPY
Senators centre Mike Fisher hopes the next few days will be the medicine he needs for his sore groin.
He wasn't too happy after missing the first two games of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"I can go half-speed, but as soon as I try and do more than that I can feel it," said Fisher in the hallway outside the Senators dressing room after the Senators 3-1 win Sunday over the Penguins. He tried skating Sunday morning.
Rather than completely rest, he said he would like to try skating, but said it's difficult not to push it too far and perhaps suffer a setback.
HEATLEY STEP UP
Senators winger Dany Heatley made the appeal to coach Craig Hartsburg for more responsibiliity during the summer and has backed up the request, said the coach.
"In my conversations with him last summer, it was pretty evident he wanted to take a big step, a bigger role in the leadership part. You can say that and that's one thing, but he's come to training camp, he's been a hard-working guy every day, he's tried to do the little things, he's asked questions about being a more complete player," said Hartsburg.
Heatley had three goals in the two games against the Penguins and killed penalties.
It will be interesting to see how the Penguins cope without injured defencemen and power-play quarterbacks Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney. Their power play was just 1-for-14 against Ottawa on the weekend with the goal coming with just a couple of seconds left in Sunday's game, spoiling Alex Auld's shutout bid.
The Penguins didn't generate much 5-on-5 in either game and winger Miro Satan Sunday was removed from Sidney Crosby's line, replaced by Game 1 hero Tyler Kennedy. There's talk the Pens could be interested in Minnesota holdout Marian Gaborik.