Emery signs on with Russian team

September 14, 2009, 8:18 AM

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ray Emery will kickstart his hockey career in Russia.

The 25-year-old goaltender, bought out by the Ottawa Senators last month, has signed a one-year deal worth around US$2 million (tax free) with Atlant Mytishchi of the new Continental Hockey League.

"The reality is that since Ray’s buyout there hasn’t been a lot of interest, it doesn’t seem like someone (in the NHL) wants to give him a second chance right now," Emery’s agent J.P. Barry told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. "It’s a terrific offer from Russia and we’ve been speaking to them for several weeks since the buyout.

"I’ve been talking to Ray a lot over the last couple of months and I know he’s taken a lot of steps to make changes. This is his best opportunity to play next year."

After helping the Senators reach the Stanley Cup final in 2007, Emery had a nightmare 2007-08 season, losing his starting job to Martin Gerber and grabbing headlines for the wrong reasons — such as being late for practice or throwing his stick in the stands.

Sens GM Bryan Murray had enough and bought him out of a deal that was to pay him $6.75 million over the next two NHL seasons.

Still, between his tax-free deal in Russia plus his buyout money, Emery will actually earn more next season than he would have in the NHL.

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