"It's impossible not to assume that the uh...issue...exacerbated the problem ten-fold.The guy who used to write here would have been all over this. Isn't it enough to know that Emery and Senators coach John Paddock can't co-exist and that he needs to go elsewhere? People used to be sophisticated enough that they could just play along with whatever convention fiction was being peddled. Men were also expected to wear snappy fedoras.
Mark my words: As long as the Senators keep Emery in the fold, someone WILL write this story eventually (with photographic evidence and the legal protection required), and the aftermath that follows will undoubtedly be devastating for the entire franchise."
The story that's being alluded to probably never gets written, with newroom priorities and staffing levels being what they are nowadays. Look at it this way: It has taken the Seattle Times seven years to get the dirt on the criminal conduct of many of the members of the 2000 Washington Huskies Rose Bowl team. In seven years, Ray Emery will just be a punchline in Ottawa, if not a Patrick Lalime-like punchline.
Being involved with a website pushing Tim Raines' Hall of Fame credentials has led to a softening. Raines, as you know, did have a public battle with cocaine addiction as a young man, and the Montreal Expos stood by him and helped him get clean. Of course they might have cut a fringe player loose and let him go to hell, but the GM at the time, the recently deceased John McHale, had a pretty good explanation:
"We pluck these kids out of the backwoods, and suddenly they're rich, they're famous, flying around, and pretty girls are saying 'Here, Tim, try this.' No wonder they get in trouble. We have almost a parental responsibility to help these kids."
Even in constant dollars, the Expos would have a lot less money tied up in Raines than the Senators have in Emery. So why were they willing to stand by him, well it seems like it's 4-1 in Ottawa in favour of kicking him to the curb?
Ray Emery, Ready To Blow Town (Deadspin)