Both Rayzor Emery and Andrew Rayzorcroft had, well lets say, sub-par seasons. Both are dealing with potential buy outs, unless of course their respective teams can deal them away for more than a bag of pucks and a thimble (you never know when you'll need a thimble).
But who is more attractive to the market? Who is most likely to find a new home?
Round One: Magic Numbers - Stats.
Games Played: 31
Edge - Emery by the numbers. But Raycroft's numbers are slightly inflated due to the small amount of games played and the horrific defense in front of him. Emery's also may have suffered from inconsistant playing time from the infamous 'win and your in' policy.
Round Two: Show Me The Money - Contract.
$3,166,667 for two more years.
$2,000,000 for one more year.
Edge - Raycroft. Less money, less years, less commitment.
Round Three: Children Of The Damned - Character.
Extrovert. Flashy suits. Tatooed. Bling. Rap star persona. Bad boy for life.
Ray has developed a reputation as being selfish and arrogant, or at the very least not punctual. The media in Ottawa had a field day this year catagorizing his foibles for the world to scoff at.
It is also to note that the year before, when he was winning and the Sens went on a Stanley Cup finals run, he was just considered to have been somewhat of a character in an innocent 'He so crazy' type of way.
Ray has also proven in his past that he loves to compete, and he wont shy away from much, be it a microphone or Andrew Peters.
Introvert. Eternal Opptomist. All smiles. Permenant five O'Clock shadow. Hometown boy.
Andrew is the flip side to Ray's coin of misfortune. He doesn't seem to stir up the pot, all his interviews sound like he is just trying to say the most positive thing he can say at any given moment. Seemed more than happy to sit on the bench and open the door for Toskala although it was evident he wanted to be on the ice. His main problem is that he can't seem to use emotion in a positive way. He can't translate either positive or negative emotion into his play on the ice. If he is having a good game, he relaxes and then lets in the 'Raycrap wave(TM)' goal Leaf fans are accustomed to. If he is having a bad game, he gets grumpy and well... the ghost of red light Racicot takes over his body.
Edge: Tie. It depends what you are looking for and what would be a better fit on your team. A young, driven rough around the edges cowboy or a calm, quiet 'aw shucks I'll try my darndest' type.
Round Four: What have you done for me lately? - Accomplishments.
Stanley Cup Run in 2007.
Speed bagging Marty Biron and then grinning like the Joker as he held his own against Andrew Peters.
Got Replaced by Baby Cheese as the Sens #1
Calder in 2002.
Robbing Billy Guerin in 2007 with probably one of the greatest saves ever.
Being one hell of a doorman in the 07/08 season.
Got Replaced by The Tosk as the Leafs #1
Edge: Raycroft. Because I'm a biased jerk