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In the summer of 2008 the Ottawa Senators bought out Ray Emery. Many predicted that after being bought out Ray Emery would suffer in Russia.
With the rise of oil Russia has become a super-power again with exporting close to $1trillion of oil per year (very close to the amount the U.S. imports). The Russian Super league has come on strong and managed to lure away the likes of Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Yashin, Bryan Berard, Chris Simon, John Grahame, Robert Esche, Alexander Radulov, Tyler Moss and others such as Ben Clymer who won Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay Lightning. Many other loyal Emery fans adamantly believed buying out Emery was the wrong move - instead Gerber should have been traded.
Turns out Emery hasn't missed a beat. Emery signed with Russia's Atlant Mytischi and has put up solid numbers with a Save Percentage (SP) of 1.97 and a Goals Against Average (GAA) of .932.
Some might argue that putting up these numbers in the Russian Super League is not relevant because the league is less skillful than the NHL, while opponents would succinctly point out that the Europeans are more skillful than what is commonly found in the NHL. Nevertheless, rising to elitism in one league is often a good indication of the players abilities and their ability to succeed in virtually any league.
In fact, Emery is adored by fans and has received the most votes among goaltenders in all star fan voting.
Life in Russia is not all rosy, like other expats, Emery needs to have his own chauffer-driven Mercedes, body guards, and security.
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