Among other tidbits, Emery suggested that the difficult physical comeback he has gone through in the past year is similar to his final season with the Senators in 2007-08.
After backstopping the Senators to the Stanley Cup in 2007, Emery’s slow recovery from wrist surgery, his lackadaisical attitude towards practice and his high-flying lifestyle ultimately ended with the Senators buying out his three-year contract after only one season. The Senators are still paying him to not be here.
“I took the position I had in Ottawa for granted,” Emery said in the radio interview. “And I lost it just as quick.”
Last season with Philadelphia, however, it was a breakdown of his hip that caused his year to end prematurely. ”I took my body for granted. I didn’t do any of that stuff before (proper nutrition, body maintenance). You’ve got to take the lesson and make the most of it.”
Reports have suggested that Philadelphia and Anaheim are interested in giving Emery a look, but he didn’t bite on questions about who is interested. Emery would need to showcase his talents in the minors before he would get a serious look in the NHL again.
“I don’t have too many options, but I’m keeping my eyes open for teams that might need someone, teams where I think I can contribute. I realize I have to prove myself.”