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Sens avoid arbitration with Emery

Ray Emery

Ray Emery

7/24/2007 2:29:33 PM

The Ottawa Senators and goaltender Ray Emery have avoided salary arbitration by reaching a last minute three-year contract agreement worth $9.5 milliion. 

Emery was happy to avoid the arbitration process and the knowledge he will remain in the nation's capital:

"I'm more excited by the fact I'm staying in Ottawa long term and will have the opportunity to see the team fight to get back to the Stanley Cup final," Emery tells TSN. "So I guess it's less about being relieved and more about looking forward to the future."

''It was a difficult negotiation,'' Emery's agent J.P. Barry told The Canadian Press. ''Bryan and I started pretty far apart but we worked hard to close the gap and were able to do so this morning after Bryan was able to speak with Mr. Melnyk.''

The 24-year-old Emery was a restricted free agent. He will earn $2.75 million next season, $3.25 million in 2008-09 and $3.5 million in 2009-10, for an average of $3.16 million a season, a big raise over the $925,000 he made last season.


 

Emery enjoyed a career season last year as he replaced Martin Gerber as the number one man between the pipes for the Senators, helping lead the team to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in modern history.  Emery was 33-16-6 in 58 regular season games with a goals-against-average of 2.47.  During the playoffs he was 13-7 with a 2.25 goals-against average.

The $3.16-million average for Emery eclipses the $2.66-million average salaries from Buffalo's Ryan Miller (signed last summer) and Carolina's Cam Ward and is less than the $4.25-million, one-year deal signed by New York Rangers starter Henrik Lundqvist.

Emery says he doesn't feel too much pressure having to live up to a two-million dollar raise.

"I'm going to play the same, the only way I know how and I don't care about the money, but recognize there's a responsibility that comes with it."

The Cayuga, Ontario native is currently recovering from wrist surgery and is unlikely to see game action until September.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1larabie25Great Job Murray! I think we got a deal there. By ...
2cflint12Better then arbitration. I think its a pretty fai ...
3PullUpYourBootsVery fair deal for Ray here and good for the leagu ...
4gutsandgloryAbout bloody time... ...
5sadubordWow, that was close! Fair deal for everyone inv ...
6Brandon29Im good with that deal. anything over 3mill/year ...
7darwingsGreat resigning by the Senators and at fair market ...
8sensfanintoronto1Good move in signing Emery. He's been underated a ...
9sensforstanley3.167 Million is a bit more than his peers with th ...
10pbowesvettGood mony for a goalie that i wouldnt even put in ...
11legendarykevinNice, Now all we have to do is get rid of Gerber a ...
12srixonwow, now hopefully they can trade him. News Alert. ...
13FreakyBunnyWell, there you go. I would have been just as happ ...
14oil90Hate to say one year wonder but Gerber is the real ...
15Imminent-ReignWhat a bargain! He would have gotten more in arbit ...
16DannoTheSensFanI'm happy Emery is sticking around. Despite all t ...
17eeheathoil90: I hate to say it but, I personally think t ...
18DickyFlacidohey oil90 - Emery a one-year wonder? You obviously ...
19saravanakumarGood to have Ray on Board; now Murray should try a ...
20SpezDispenserPerfect! Murray is proving (again) that he is a sh ...
21soltaniniaGreat job by GM ...
22bayboy2001I feel a bit better about Toskala getting a 4 mill ...
23kanatadecoyAnd you thought his wardrobe was wild before, with ...
24vokes2Swiss Cheese and a "DULL" Razor equals bad news fo ...
25tsat75Way 2 much. Paying over 7 mill for 2 goalies? So ...
26vokes2You people make me ill ... WHY?? All this he "des ...
27tking77Right on. I thought he would have got Gerber money ...
28fowlweatherOne good year, one big payday. Not sure that Emer ...
29SenatorGreat Job Murray...now ship Gerber to AHL ...
30stuo11great! But the sens will have a disappointing seas ...
31gregswissgreat job happy to get a good goalie keep him happ ...
32scoots3131I hate the Sens, but Emery earned this signing. H ...
33Ontario4SensA little good a little bad. I guess time will tel ...
34S-T-KAs a leafs fan, I really wanted to see Emery leave ...
35jlpubarchWith the way that salaries took off, its hard to s ...
36c#Good! That's a fair price too. ...
37KexoduscNow that's a good deal! ...
38hossa4kingDid anyone say anything about ticket prices being ...
39posavoieYEEEEEEHAAAWW! Loving this deal! Now just give Ger ...
40mccaberules24WAY TOO MUCH MONEY...Why do we have a salary cap a ...
41sens_fan_in_ohGreat move for the Senators and a very fair deal - ...
42sprinter4oil90,i take it your a oiler fan,well maybe we can ...
43Sensfan4life2About time. Just trade Gerber now and it will all ...
44rcyrn216Excellent goaltending has always been Ottawa's mai ...
45tking77vokes2 must be feeling nauseous over the thought o ...
46sens!This is exactly what the Sens needed!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...
47CupHopefullWith Emery's new contract, Ottawa is now committed ...
48thedude94THANK GOODNESS !!!!! Now Murray can work on moving ...
49jl67sGood deal. Now the Sens need to get a full time co ...
50JVM-4Trade Gerber??? Are Sens fans on fan-enhancing dr ...
51crosbyshowGood price... but still... the new NHL is all abou ...
52v.stephanGreat signing, reasonable price. Now get rid of Ge ...
53fireball8992To all people who are say Emery lets in soft goal. ...
54topjimmyWow thats a lot of cap space locked up in two goal ...
55sjh1962 Now that we have him under contract lets hope he ...
56fiendy02Great move. Fair (not over-inflated) price. Now do ...
57iamnewfie14lets not start making comparisions here people to ...
58seahawk23Trade Gerber...this is the salary cap era, who the ...
59les10Smart move by Murray. One less headache to worry a ...
601c3manMccaberules24 "WAY TOO MUCH MONEY...Why do we h ...
61TYphOon'scouldn't really see ray in another uniform other t ...
62APW25Your all out to lunch. Emery is not worth the mon ...
63chuxtrA couple of things I am reading - Good job Murray ...
64stu_cottsoThis is just what the Sens need - TWO overpaid, b ...
65SanJoseSharksit was something Ottawa had to do ...
66tablewaxImagine if he won the Hart and Vezina what he woul ...
67GoSabs07-08What's the over / under on goals scored by both Ti ...
68HABS_FTWWhen your team and your goalie go to the cup final ...
69DannoTheSensFanI don't get it...you nay-sayers keep pounding on E ...
70joeyhackWay too much money for a mediocre goalie who cashe ...
71ontherecordHMMMMM let's see. Averaging over 3 million dollars ...
72kyuuseiNow this was good news to wake up to, finding out ...
73somanycatssofewrecipiesGood news for fans of the Sens. Now on to other ma ...
74GADESNSENShey STK, maybe you'll like this one ..... To Ot ...
75DbuckGlad to hear that this one got settled before arbi ...
76Sens_RuleNice signing - after gerber gets out things are go ...
77johnericksonHe got ya to the dance and there's other goalies m ...
78tmlfan1976As a Leaf fan, I applaud this move as much as I ha ...
79rootingforovechkinmccaberules24...that is probably the dumbest thing ...
80Ottawa_Sports_FanOttawa can keep Gerbs around for another season, b ...
81Hollywoodv1I hate when players lie. If you didnt "care about ...
82blackwaterxLOL, 7+ million for two goalies who can't stop a b ...
83acaudleEmery is solid! The guy's 24 and handled a trip t ...
84hockeygoon069I think it was a half decent move.. But they wont ...
85blackwaterxTrade Gerber, easy to say - difficult to do. Sens ...
86stretchboyWasted money. Gerber sucked when the whole team s ...
87nfdukeVery fair, and it's useless to compare him to his ...
88Stumpy1Good move Ottawa. It's about time you stopped hol ...
89bhiggins12I am glad Emery is re-signed, and this didn't drag ...
90JimmyTooFreshSoon enough Emery will be exposed for the average ...
91matthewboddyhe should have went to arbitration, knowing those ...
92darwingsOk people, Emery is only slightly above average ri ...
93crewztaGood for Emery! Go Sens! ...
94KevTheSensFanGood move. Two goalies to compete at the start of ...
95rwallace4I think Emery was afraid to leave the Sens. Thats ...
96AquafreakGood signing for both, Ottawa needs to keep both ...
97MarsvoltaGood to see someone getting, and taking what they ...
98inconditiGreat settlement by the boyz...I love Emeries grit ...
99SENSIN2008APW25 - Emery led the Sens to the Finals. He is th ...
100zoromanNot a bad deal for either side. I'm sure Emery wou ...
101Zerocool6687I think Ottawa is paying a high price for "potenti ...
102ab608How fast people change.. A few years ago, when ...
103hert531This is good news for the rest of the NHL. It on ...
104djskinsAnything over $4 mil. would have been too much. Th ...
105kenstockwellPretty good signing. If he can do it, I think the ...
106ncc1701gtWow! what a waste of money. Thats just more money ...
107thecat22Quite the raise he got, now he'll have to live up ...
108byronheatleyIM very glad of the outcome. now the Sens Have a o ...
109Come_Back_Leafs9.5 million dollars, thats what I should be making ...
110CoryTrevorWay too much money. Emery is almost as overrated a ...
111DbuckI hate to go 180 on this one, but a backloaded con ...
112rolarskatesI'm glad they came to an agreement. After all he m ...
113derek1GREAT signing !!! I was thinking he would get cl ...
114kseabroo2Ray's value goes outside the pipes .. he is a char ...
115jed56Good move by the Sens. Arbitration could have cos ...
116mtlguyGood job by the sens,but like every other teams i ...
117Clifford42 This is what every non Ottawa fan was hoping for ...
118Cancerous_rocketOnly time will tell if he is worth this contract. ...
119probert76To the people who think he would have gotten so mu ...
120melia99Sens fans..... he was not so great in the finals a ...
121ibanez_joeWOW???? that kind of money for a 1st year wonder?? ...
122ghandoffI don't understand some of you folks. Now i'm not ...
123CrajaEmery is not worth this kind of money (none of the ...
124eazytHey Blackwaterx, did you even watch a sens game th ...
125Flyerfan-52Have to agree with vokes2. Come on people, these a ...
126mtlguyab608 Emery will never be a Patrick Roy ,he would ...
127Flyerfan-52Guys, Phoenix has Aebischer & Tellquist. Why w ...
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