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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Ray Emery Signs in Russia

Ray Emery has signed with Atlant Mytishchi of the KHL for one year at $2 million plus bonuses.

"Unfortunately, it's only been a short time since the buyout and there isn't anybody willing to give (Emery) a second chance at this time," said Emery's agent J.P. Barry. "I think if people knew the things that he's done over the last little while to turn the corner, there might be more interest out there.

According to Barry, Emery had hoped to play in the NHL next season, but received just three calls.

"Given his offer from Atlant, in Ray's circumstances, we feel the best thing for him to do is play as the No. 1 goalie with this club. Ray is excited about the opportunity and just wants to go back to focusing on being the best goalie that he can be. He knows there will be a lot of pressure, but he's ready for that and he's looking forward to moving on," Barry added.

Though I thought an NHL club would sign Emery, he can likely improve his bargaining power by playing a year in Russia and keeping his nose clean. Teams always need goaltenders, and if Emery can prove he is a proven puckstopper, he will get another chance. Plus, if he is late for practice in Russia, I would imagine he gets a one way ticket to Siberia.

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