Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery in Toronto on Saturday Feb. 2, 2008. The CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
OTTAWA - Goalie Ray Emery cleared waivers on Monday, becoming an unrestricted free agent after being bought out by the Ottawa Senators.
Emery was owed US$6.75 million over the next two seasons. Senators GM Bryan Murray put Emery on waivers after he couldn't find a market for the mercurial goalie. "I've attempted to trade him," Murray said Friday. "Like I said at the end of the season, it's an opportunity for us to move on and him to move on.
"You never like to do that, it's really a shame. Ray Emery is a good goaltender. I think starting over again and getting his career going again, and he'll be fine."
Emery, 25, went 12-13-4 last season with a 3.13 goals-against average and an .890 save percentage.
Those numbers represented a steep decline from 2006-07, when Emery was a big part of Ottawa's run to the Stanley Cup final. That season, he was 33-16-6 with a 2.47 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
He also shared the blame for the team's supposed chemistry problem, though he denied having been that much of a distraction.
"I don't think I was a model citizen but in no way did I not encourage my teammates or take away from what they were trying to do," Emery said in April. "I probably got in more trouble last year but when you're winning everybody is still on your side."