Don't blame only Emery
"I don't take responsibility for the team losing in the playoffs, I'll tell you that much. I showed up late for practice twice this year and had an opportunity to still go on the ice and they told me to go home. When some other guys are late coming to the rink they're just fine ..."Let's face it, Ottawa folded down the stretch and in the postseason. And more than any other player, Ray Emery's getting the blame.
This despite the fact he hasn't started a game since February.
Sure, Emery was a distraction this year, a big one, and the resulting media circus couldn't have contributed much to the dressing room. But when he's marginalized and the coaching change is made, how then can you blame him for the team's performance on the ice?
Emery had a 12-13-4 record, but after he stopped starting post-trade deadline, this team went 7-12-2.
They folded, and I don't think you can blame the goalie for that one.
But he's still likely going out the door.
Emery has two more years on his contract at a cap hit of $3.167-million, but his potential buyout is limited to only one-third of his remaining salary as long as he is under 26 years old. (He turns 26 at the end of September.)
Emery's due $3.25-million next season and 3.5-million the year after, one-third of which would equal $2.25-million, a figure that gets spread against the cap for the next four years.
Given the salary cap will rise over $56-million this off-season, it's not going to amount to much of a hit for the Senators.
|1. Original contract ||$2.750||$3.250||$3.500|
|2. Averaged amount||$3.167||$3.167||$3.167|
|3. Buyout (1/3 of $6.75-mil)||$1.083||$1.167||(Total = $2.25-mil)|
|4. Buyout over twice length||$0.563||$0.563||$0.563||$0.563|
|5. Buyout "savings"||$2.688||$2.938||-||-|
|6. Amount of cap hit||$0.480||$0.230||$0.563||$0.563|
Not too bad at all. Emery receives $2.25-million, but only a little more than $1.8-million goes against the cap, and that's over four seasons.
UPDATE I'll be on the Team 1260 in Edmonton talking about Emery and other subjects later today.