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Sens' Emery late for practice once again

Ray Emery

Ray Emery

1/28/2008 10:32:43 PM

Ottawa Senators' goaltender Ray Emery has tested head coach John Paddock's patience once more by showing up late for practice following the All-Star break.

Emery showed up four minutes after the team took the ice for a 4pm skate at the Farmingdale Iceworks practice facility in Long Island on Monday as the team prepares to face the Islanders Tuesday.  He was then told not to join the team on the ice for practice. 

"I decided we wouldn't go on the ice until 4pm and when he wasn't here, it was done with until I talk to him and talk  to (Senators general manager) Bryan (Murray) or we both talk to Ray," Paddock said after practice.

Sources tell TSN that Emery maintains he was late because he thought the practice was at the Nassau Coliseum, not the Islanders' practice facility.

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Paddock has stated in the past that he likes his team to be at their practice facilities an hour before they hit the ice. For the second time this season Emery did not show up early enough for his coach's satisfaction.


 

This is just the latest of several incidents involving Emery, who signed a three-year, $9.5 million contract in the off-season after helping lead the team to the Stanley Cup finals last year. 

Emery was also late twice for team flights last season and was involved in a fender bender prior to the team's second round playoff game against the New Jersey Devils.

The off-season started poorly as the Cayuga, Ontario native underwent wrist surgery prior to the start of the campaign.  He was also involved in a "road rage" episode with an elderly motorist on a Ottawa highway.  The motorist claimed that Emery had threatned him and vowed to file a lawsuit, however nothing has developed from that.

As Emery rehabbed his injury, he watched the Senators flourish with Martin Gerber in net over the first month of the season.  After his return, Paddock openly questioned Emery's work ethic to the media after he failed to show up to an optional practice when he was trying to earn more starts in net.  Captain Daniel Alfredsson was also critical of Emery, stating that "to work hard in practice to show that you want to play."

The saga continued in December as Emery lashed out in anger in practice after showing up late.  Emery sent water bottles flying by slamming them with his stick and left the ice in a huff.  He then followed that up by being sent home from practice by Paddock who was unhappy that Emery had shown up just five minutes before he was set to take the ice.

Paddock's reason at the time was that Emery had been sick.

"He got here a little bit late he wasn't feeling good,"  Paddock told the media at the time. "I told him not to practice it was too late. He wanted to still practice. I told him not too and it was best he went home for the day."

The next day however, Emery admitted he was sent home for being late and it had nothing to do with being ill

"Yeah - I just slept in yesterday and got here late and the coach just told me to beat it."

Less than two weeks later, the goaltender made headlines once more for all the wrong reasons as cameras caught him and team enforcer Brian McGrattan engaging in fisticuffs in practice.  Both players laughed it off, however it had become apparent that Emery was becoming a bigger distraction off the ice than his performance on the ice warranted.

In 20 games this season Emery has a 8-7-3 record with a goals against average of 2.95 while posting a save percentage of .891.  Despite his play, the Senators lead the Eastern Conference with 66 points.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1stanleycup10Ray, show up on time.. it is not that hard. ...
2cook43I guess the team first mentality doesn't live at M ...
3FirebirdDragsterAnd this team will win the cup?? Don't think so! ...
4rsgregory29Emery just punched his ticket out of Ottawa. He n ...
5sofmof84How badly do the Sens really need Emery? He seems ...
6fenndawgmaybe he needs a trip to the minors to adjust his ...
7alekseyanov1 of 3 things will happen. 1. He will be backup ...
8bejamin99It's 4 minutes, the coach is killing Emery one day ...
9walkie316Ray Emery is a joke. I predict he will be out of ...
1011sens11Time to call up Elliott and send Emery down to Bin ...
11MillerTime2006Can't imagine to many teams are interested in him ...
12nade123All this from a goalie who is at best a good backu ...
13mikesenswowww, as much as i like emery , he cant keep this ...
14sens_fan_in_ohOkay does anyone else find this excuse to be full ...
15GIONTA14Time to trade him. This is pathedic. ...
16sens2702UNACCEPTABLE. Mistakes happen, but he's already be ...
17JayBeetleNot exactly the consumate professional. I guess p ...
18seniorkookooWell, well, well. Is this the media blowing things ...
19EdmontonlightsIts time for a suspension it seems. Lets see what ...
20RANDOMTASKoff to the minors! who is gonna want this guy? he ...
21dagleyGet rid of this idiot. I think this is all a shame ...
22curryjg44I've been saying that Ray Emery is no good since t ...
23weeezzthis guy is a joke. he must be trying to get trade ...
24slopoke15Just another pro athlete making huge money that ha ...
25acrusaderA team player he's not. Imagine if every player ha ...
26stughattsGrow up Ray.... ...
27el_cieloDrama will be the death of this team ...
28Goal!!!This is not an NHL calibre goalie. Also, a cancer ...
29spezza117remeber last time when the team said he wasnt a di ...
30HELMUTHe hurt the sens the first time with all his crap. ...
31lpacCome on Ray! There's people out there getting fire ...
32habfanfrancoLeave the guy alone! Ray does his thing on the ic ...
33bigdog21aI would never be late for that kind of doe! What i ...
34knuckles.LamontPaddock is the problem. ease off and look at the b ...
35need_coffeeYou can't just send Emery down to the minors - he ...
36franklynmoneyGet rid of this moron.A classy team like Ottawa do ...
37jeffmactrade the baby and get on with the season, i am a ...
38dohertyWith the money these guys make, he should have eno ...
39norm_94ClassLess.....Ray Emery has no class. This guy doe ...
40mb1000hMan so many people have terrible memories. Emery b ...
41sportbizDOES NOT APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY of playing in ...
42HARD_HARD_LEAF$9.5 million? guy needs to buy a timex... ...
43fattymcgeeHow can someone who makes over $3 million a year n ...
44diamond007He's not happy cause he's not playing so he WANTS ...
45Kenalta1Four minute late when your team is already on the ...
46darrell764 minutes late!! Read the article - if the coach ...
47varg_vikernesBeing punished over 4 minutes seems a bit harsh, b ...
48habsfanlaurieWake up, Emery. Playing is a privelege not a righ ...
49derekrannieHe is a GOALIE..They are FLAKES...Goalies througou ...
50grimsbeardAbsolutely no market for Emery right now. Send ...
51David11Let's see do the math...I make almost $2 million a ...
52stretchboyhabfanfranco: we'll trade him to the habs, but the ...
53angrypengu1nHe dosen't deserve to play with an attitude like t ...
54turnzeeEmery must think he is a premier goalie in the lea ...
55barelaughTalk about pathetic. He gets paid by the Sens and ...
56BarbetonRelax and chill out, everyone. Seriously, the medi ...
57HabsMan2004Ottawa has got to trade Ray Emery. He is causing t ...
58KnowledgistHe's a CANCER. Get rid of him, he's not that good ...
59dr_p1zzaDavid11 wins this topic. ...
60revaudHey, Sens fans-Raycroft will always be on time or ...
61melissa04As a sens fan it pains me to say that if they don' ...
62KitsterDresses like a pimp, works likes a prima donna. M ...
63hx3hockeyray emery has no respect for his team. obviously h ...
64IgyTheManCome on boys... we all know power corrupts... and ...
65numberzzits funny about goaltenders ... last year..everyon ...
66beck31He's an NBA player trapped in an NHL body. ...
67sumdude86what a loser this guy is he thinks he's all that b ...
68NhlFan2008lol .. Emery is showing some of Ed Belfour's trait ...
69bellsy97This is why there shouldn't be guaranteed contract ...
70habsfanforeverThis is ridiculous, they should trade Emery to Tam ...
71mlg4meeRay: take your act to the NBA or NFL, it doesn't b ...
72kenteioI would send him to the minor and never let him ba ...
73tournesolI really think that Emery has more talent than Ger ...
74RaptorsRuleI was a huge Ray Emery fan (and that's saying a lo ...
75GoLeafsGo_ForzaFerrariIf Washington is out of it by the deadline, trade ...
76karl99I constantly hear stories about this guy staying u ...
77beanie11Emery is a decent goaltender, but he can become a ...
78KFC20A team game requires a team commitment otherwise h ...
79domipunchGrimsbeard - Fire Eli Wilson?? What are you talki ...
80kevin82OH darn cancel the parade. Thats what all the sens ...
81TheRoninTime to ship Emery down to Bingo and bring up Elli ...
82camy04The Sen's showed him the money...and he showing th ...
83davrad123Punch his ticket, and get him the hell outta here ...
84SENsational4He's got to go. Getting the problem out of the dre ...
85mengland518I wouldn't want him for that much cash... guy does ...
86#00EMERY is a nutcase and should be punished immediat ...
87LordBubbaHow's this for punishment: trade him to the Leafs. ...
88#10habsfanStart by for every minute your late a 5,000.00 a m ...
89grantlyonthis guy is overrated, he had one good year and th ...
90tbuck_22First some of you need to learn how to read. He a ...
91nxardoWhere is the Lombardi work ethic! ...
92hubber1bejamin99 have you ever played on a real hockey te ...
93AppleloverI love this guy, walks to the beat of his own drum ...
94pkistuffI guess that's what you get for partying to much e ...
95Stumpy1Lots of guys would give anything to play in the NH ...
96#10habsfanI know when I was in the cdn army and someone was ...
97grantlyonjust a big baby ...
98lowesdupontI have about had it with Ray Emery and all of his ...
99el_scorchoPaddock's going to pop if this keeps up, his nose ...
100leafsrule93 letters...... AHL ...
101z_botATTENTION: Hes suppose to be a mature, responsible ...
102duffyforeverbejamin99, he wasn't 4 minutes late for practice, ...
103reefairWhat a joke.. This guy isn't even an #2 goalie in ...
104SBFI wonder if he could make it on time to an AHL pra ...
105busta9bejamin99 the coach like them there 1 hour before. ...
106RankoRI'm gunna guess he's lost most of the boys now. It ...
107penaltymanOf all the problems that are tough for NHL teams t ...
108nyhofstraCut the guy some slack... Ifhe was looking for Ice ...
109kenstockwellI think the bigger problem is that Emery is projec ...
110dundeeroadAct PROFESSIONAL you misfit. ...
111geraldm38Can you say Flash-in-the-pan! or dud. or bad ch ...
112jim_merHe's a bum and shows a lack of respect for his fel ...
113logandawgAt least he is better than the goalies that many t ...
114habsallthewaybabyHe's GONE by the trade deadline!!! Ottawa doesn't ...
115cprtrainSpoiled Brat! Send him to the minors! ...
116Reynolds10Hey Ottawa! Say goodbye to Ray Emery. ...
117bigbadbeallFor over $3 million a year, you should be able to ...
118exiguousI Had a wife like that for 23 years, let me tell y ...
119the-maple-leaf-foreverhow can the sens trade him? they just have to deal ...
120golfguy71As a Sens fan, a goalie who still plays, and havin ...
121sensfanintoronto1I was not an Emery fan, but, become one last year ...
122rkbert30overated and over paid his #1 days are over put hi ...
123zachbattatThis guy has got some ego.... He's also a bit of ...
124tynan@goaltec.netC'on sens fans. Quit hating Razor. You know that w ...
125djswaWhat's up with this guy? Does he want Gerber to be ...
126kemashepn1That is so ridiculas that a guy like Ray Emery can ...
127theriffraphgotta love how all these "fans" pounce on the goal ...
128Marts17The sens are in a pretty unfortunate situation rig ...
129iamkanatianRay Emery: the Sens Jose Theodore! ...
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