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Report: Emmerton bolts Detroit for KHL expansion club

May 23, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT


Looks like Cory Emmerton’s time as a Red Wing is over.

For now.

Emmerton, who appeared in 139 games over four years with Detroit, has reportedly signed on with Sochinskiye Leopardy — one of the new KHL expansion clubs that will begin play this season in the Winter Olympic host city of Sochi (see here and here for reports of Emmerton’s deal).

The 41st overall pick at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Emmerton has his best campaign with the Wings in 2011-12, appearing in 71 games while scoring a career-high six goals and 10 points. Just 23 at the time, Emmerton looked as though he’d be a regular contributor for the Wings — especially after he played in all 48 games during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign — but slowly lost his grip on regular minutes last year and spent most of this season with AHL Grand Rapids (where he played well, scoring 46 points in 53 games).

With a glut of contracts at forward and several youngsters passing Emmerton on the depth chart, it seemed unlikely Detroit had a ton of space for the former OHL Kingston standout, who is a pending RFA.

Hence the move to Sochi.


  1. shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    He’s as average as average gets. Go get a pay day. I’d love for the KHL to challenge the NHL. I love my team but this league is a joke.

    • esracerx46 - May 23, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Sounds about right coming from you.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Uh oh, must’ve struck a nerve.

        Don’t be so emotional kid. Or try telling me how I’m wrong.

      • esracerx46 - May 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        You’re right in that he’s average if not below, and he deserves to go out and get paid. I don’t appreciate your comments about the league everybody but you loves. The KHL has routinely treated players poorly. You still hear stories about it. I guess you can’t expect much when the league is based in a third world socialistic society. Where they name their hockey championship trophy after the last person to have done anything worth while. “Its a gas station”

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Everyone loves the NHL but me? Do I even have to explain how this is stupid?

        What’s wrong with a little competition?

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Also it should be mentioned who Yuri Gagarin was, since you ignorantly and lazily referred to him as “the last person to have done anything worth while”.
        He was the first man to reach space and orbit our planet. He was well known for his caring and selfless nature. He also attempted to sacrifice himself when he found out a close friend was sent on a suicide mission.

        Also note 14 Russians have won a Nobel prize since his death, considering you claimed no Russian had done anything worth while since.


      • esracerx46 - May 23, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        The Nobel prize? All it is is a popularity contest voted on by peers who know nothing of the actual work involved. One person doesn’t do all the research. It just sensationalizes one person.

        See how crappy of an argument that is.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 24, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Media in the west has fun vilifying the Russians, hence all the negative media about the country and Putin. Not like NATO didn’t break apart Serbia for no good reason, turned Kosovo into the women trafficking capital of the world…

        every man has the right to work where they want to put food on the table and build their future.

    • nj666 - May 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      I take it you’ve done zero research on how the KHL operates

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        I’ve heard the stories. I don’t care. It’s obviously blown out of proportion to an unknown degree but even if it wasn’t, who cares? If they’re not competitive, the NHL lives on. If they become competition and really are run that poorly, the NHL is doing something wrong. Plain and simple.

      • esracerx46 - May 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        So you choose to be ignorant. Got it.

  2. smarshall3789 - May 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Don’t blame him he wasn’t going to play on the big league team! The KHL is a joke all they do is sign people who are washed up or just nobodies congrats you can have him!!

    • blinkyhowe - May 24, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      Cory Emmerton: everytime he stepped on the ice he reminded me that the Wings took him 10 picks before the Bruins took Milan Lucic. And as i watched him play i kept asking myself why? Hope he does more in Putinland than he did for the Wings.

  3. hosewater2 - May 23, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    KHL = career suicide.

  4. shamu1the1whale - May 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Best of luck, Cory! Maybe while you’re out there in Sochi, you can adopt one of those really fuzzy & friendly Sochi pups! Might be good company since you’ll be new there!

  5. r8rbhawk - May 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  6. westof1club - May 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Enigmatic Canadiens. Can’t trust em

  7. jackdaniels1 - May 24, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    This is what you call hitting rock bottom. Best case he grabs some hot Russian tail. Most likely though he’s in a dumpy shack with no running water and using an outhouse. Good luck Core, UGH!

    • storminator16 - May 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Ignorant about the world much?

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