Just another game for Ray Emery

The story has been beaten to death over the last 72 hours or so. Ray Emery will face off against his old team, the Ottawa Senators, this evening at the Wachovia Center. But let's clarify a few things.

First off, half of the team that Emery played with during his Ottawa tenure, which lasted from 2005 to 2008, have moved on to greener pastures. In fact, as Flyers Goal Scored By pointed out yesterday, only seven of Emery's former teammates will likely be in the lineup tonight. One of those players is Jason Spezza, one of Sugar Ray's best friends. Actually, Emery was a member of Spezza's wedding party this past summer. But that's no different than the Flyers playing against Martin Biron and the Isles, or Chris Pronger playing against the Ducks. It's just another game.

Secondly, most of Emery's Ottawa problems stemmed from his relationship with coach John Paddock. There was no secret that the two weren't very friendly, but Paddock is no longer behind the Senators bench. In fact, he's in the Flyers front office, and the presence of either personality has not caused any issues. Emery did have it out with former teammates Brian McGrattan and Chris Neil early in 2008, but those fights don't mean a thing now. McGrattan isn't even in Ottawa anymore. After all, Emery also had an altercation with Spezza during the 2007 playoffs, and the two obviously are very close.

Emery still has a home in Ottawa and family in that area. Living there for four years means you still have ties there, obviously. But those ties don't mean a thing on the ice. As Emery told reporters yesterday, "it's just a city."

Nevertheless, it will be an actual storyline when Emery and the Flyers travel to Ottawa for the first time in January. No doubt about it. The fans in the Canadian capital will give him hell and he'll have to block that out. That's not the case tonight, however, in front of the home fans in Philadelphia. As his former employer visits his new one, he'll just try to win another hockey game.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Broad Street Hockey

You must be a member of Broad Street Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Broad Street Hockey. You should read them.

Join Broad Street Hockey

You must be a member of Broad Street Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Broad Street Hockey. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker