The Ottawa Senators have clearly decided to part ways with Ray Emery. His comments yesterday were followed by GM Bryan Murray’s reaction:
- “I told him yesterday, the plan right now would be to investigate possible options for him,” said Murray. “I hope there’s a team out there that will give him a look and talk to us about him.”
- “I’ve talked to the players on a regular basis that your behaviour, your comments to the press, your comments about teammates, your attitude around the city, is a reflection on us and we want good people here and that’s what we’re going to try to achieve this summer and going forward.”
Murray is apparently secure and although there are clearly other scapegoats it appears that Emery is being held up as the number one culprit in the mess that is the Ottawa Senators.
It is my belief that the Ottawa Senators have handled this situation just about as badly as an organization can, and that this will have a major impact on the organization moving forward. Ray Emery will turn 26 later this year and his conduct off the ice may not be textbook hockey player but there are a lot of things that have been reported about him that resemble other young men who receive a lot of money and attention at a young age.
The difference in this situation is the public spanking Emery has received from both players and management since the late winter. Whatever the disconnect that came between player and teammates and player and management, once Ray Emery has been sent away there can be no doubt where the spotlight will deservedly shine.
Shunning one individual in this way changes very little. There are legit and deep problems in this organization and it is reflected in the words of Bryan Murray today. Should Ray Emery pick up the pieces and have an NHL career that too will become part of the story and will have an impact on the city of Ottawa and the franchise.
I’ve always thought Ottawa and the Senators were an organization whose time had come. Based on talent procurement and on-ice performance previous to this season those things looked to be true, the “window” of opportunity seemed open and obvious.
A “good” organization, a management group that could understand that young men fail at all kinds of things and recover, would have had a better plan. In fact, the Ottawa Senators employ a young man who at one time made a greater, more tragic error and paid a dear price before getting on with his life. I guess that kind of opportunity is made available to some and denied to others.
The way this has been handled is dreadful. Shameful. I can think of only one other example (Bo Jackson) of such utter and complete disdain piled upon one (young) man by a single town and organization. The Kansas City Royals continue to wander in the wilderness many years later. The Ottawa Senators deserve the same, and karma says book it.