The Gerber problem
The untold story of Ray Emery's season is that he as quietly played himself into the range of a $3-$4 million goaltender. (Consider that Cristobal Huet, who re-signed with Montreal last summer is making $3 million this season.)Emery is a restricted free agent this summer, meaning his big raise will be due mighty soon. And given his strong play this season, he's not a guy you can simply dump — especially if you consider that Gerber may hit another swoon if suddenly handed the starter's role.
Emery at $3.5 next season would be very decent value since he has performed consistently all season like a top-10 goaltender.
The problem is that his back-up, Gerber, will be making $3.7.
But can you move Gerber? Or are you stuck, as Naylor points out, paying your netminding tandem more than $7-million the next two years? Given the Senators' struggles to squeeze under the cap this season, that's not a promising proposition.
One would think there might be a struggling team desperate enough to take Gerber — and you have to think Senators GM John Muckler would move him for simply the cap space at this point.