Friday, June 29, 2007

Warm Up Gerber!

Ottawa's answer to Steve Simmons is reporting that JP Barry, Ray Emery's agent, is lining up offers for the RFA goalie. A former member of the sens' brass is at the top of the list of teams looking to poach Emery that includes St. Louis and Los Angeles.
If Chiarelli makes a successful offer of between $3.5 million and $4.7 million for Emery, Boston would have to give up a first-, second- and third-round pick in 2008 to Ottawa. Emery can also file for arbitration and could get an award close to the $4.5 million that Rick DiPietro is making with the New York Islanders. Emery had a 33-16-6 record with a 2.47 goals-against average last season and played a big role in the Senators reaching the Stanley Cup final.
So much for Emery getting somewhere in the region of a 100% raise. Murray has been very active in trying to keep his number 1 goalie,
Emery has until July 5 to decide whether to file for arbitration. If he receives no offer sheets, that's the route he'll likely take because he's had only brief contract discussions with Murray.
I guess he thinks that a first, second, and third rounder are a good trade-off. I always thought that the compensation was a lot more. If Emery gets up to $4.5M it would certainly make it a lot tougher to re-up Spezza and Heatley.

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