Senators fine Ray Emery for tardiness

Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery arrived late for practice Monday, and was fined an unspecified amount prior to Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET).

The Ray Emery saga continues.

The Ottawa Senators goalie showed up late for practice Monday after spending the all-star break in Las Vegas, and was fined an unspecified amount prior to Tuesday night's game against the hometown New York Islanders.

"We're going to fine him," Senators general manager Bryan Murray told the
Canadian Press on Tuesday.

The collective bargaining agreement has two possible areas the
Senators could look at:

  • Page 245 of the CBA states, regarding "rules governing the
    conduct and conditioning of a player," that "the club may impose
    a reasonable fine upon the player and deduct the amount thereof from
    any money due ..."
  • Page 280 of the CBA states, "any player who misses a scheduled
    practice without a valid and pre-approved permission will be fined"
    1/187 (187 regular-season days) of his NHL salary. Under that
    scenario, Emery would be fined around $14,700 US from his
    $2.75-million salary.

Emery, 25, was back on the ice with his teammates during Tuesday morning's team practice, but the veteran goalie did not talk to reporters. He found himself in hot water after he showed up at the rink at 4:04 p.m. local time Monday for the team's 4 p.m. practice at the Islanders' training rink, and was told not to take to the ice by the Ottawa coaching staff.

Emery might have been late because he thought the practice was at the Nassau Coliseum, where the Islanders play their home games, rather than the Islanders' practice facility.

"The circumstances here were maybe a little bit different in that we were after a break, finding his way to the rink and all the rest of the excuses," Murray said. "They aren't excuses, but they are excuses. We've had a meeting. We're going to deal with him. Mainly internally, but there will be some substantial fines."

Murray also did not rule out trading Emery.

"I certainly have talked to some teams about goaltending," Murray said. "At this moment, most teams feel satisfied with their goaltending, so there isn't any opportunity at the moment. The option is to leave him at home and not let him play and I don't know if I want to do that at this point in time."

Emery under fire

Emery signed a three-year, $9.5-million contract in the off-season after helping lead the team to the Stanley Cup finals last year. He has grabbed headlines this NHL campaign for all the wrong reasons.

Emery, who missed the early part of the season recovering from wrist surgery, complained about his lack of playing time and was publicly questioned over his work ethic at practices by coach John Paddock and Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

During a team practice last month, Emery threw his stick into the stands and stomped off the ice before talking to reporters after Paddock chose Martin Gerber to start the evening game against the New York Islanders.

The next day, Emery showed up just five minutes before a team practice and was told to go home.

He also dropped the gloves with Senators tough guy Brian McGrattan in practice.

Last season he missed a team flight to New Jersey during a second-round playoff series after getting in a car accident.

In 20 games this season, Emery has an 8-7-3 record this season, with a goals-against average of 2.95 and a save percentage of .891. Gerber is 22-8-1, with a 2.65 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

Ottawa hosts the Boston Bruins on Thursday before travelling to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday (CBC, 6:30 p.m. ET).

With files from the Canadian Press