Agent: Emery wants to finish what he started with KHL's Mytishchi Atlant

February, 11, 2009
We have an update for you on that Ray Emery situation we first told you about this past weekend. The former Ottawa Senators goalie has had a change of heart and returned to his Russian hockey club in the KHL.

"I talked to Ray [on Tuesday], and we made the decision that he should go back," his agent, J.P. Barry, told on Wednesday. "I felt that he should finish what he started and that we would continue to work out the compensation issue."

Emery didn't report back to Mytishchi Atlant last week after the league's break, citing a breach of contract with the club. Emery and Barry believed the Russian team has been using the wrong exchange rate to pay the goalie, and by their count, they were down about 33 percent in pay throughout the course of the season. Emery threatened to stay home in Ottawa until the matter was resolved, but he arrived back in Russia on Tuesday.

"I still believe they are technically in breach, but he wants to finish what he started, and we'll keep working on it with them and try and work it out," Barry said.

Barry took some calls from NHL teams while Emery stayed in Ottawa last week, but that matter will have to be continued during the offseason.

"There was NHL interest here, but the problem was that even if he signed, he would have to clear waivers, and we had no idea where he would have ended up," Barry said. "He'll be an unrestricted free agent and can hit the market as early as May."

Emery has been terrific this season, going 20-6-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer



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