Ray Emery says his attitude toward losing the No. 1 goaltending job to Martin Gerber was a big factor in his poor season with the Ottawa Senators. ((Chris Carlson/Associated Press))

Ray Emery was typically enigmatic when he opened up about his troubled last season in Ottawa on TSN's Off the Record Monday, acting both apologetic and aloof when describing his part in the Senators' monumental collapse.

Emery held himself largely accountable for the way his career has radically changed over the past couple of seasons.

A year after he helped the Senators advance to the Stanley Cup final, the goaltender has found himself out of the NHL and hoping to kick-start his career in Russia.

Emery admitted part of the problem was his attitude toward losing a lot of his playing time to Swiss goalie Martin Gerber.

"I just didn't uphold my end of the deal," Emery told TSN's Michael Landsberg.

The Senators went into the tank last season, going from one of the top teams at the all-star break to just scraping into the playoffs by season's end. They were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Many blamed a lack of locker-room chemistry for the Senators' woes, and Emery seemed to be in the middle of it.

He got in the coaching staff's doghouse for showing up late for practice and even dropped the gloves with former Sens tough guy Brian McGrattan during an on-ice workout.