Emery's agent J.P. Barry noted "The reality is that since Ray's buyout (by the Senators) there hasn't been a lot of interest, it doesn't seem like someone (in the NHL) wants to give him a second chance right now."
Actually the reality is the little interest you had was for a measly amount of money and a backup goalie position. Patrick Lalime is highly regarded as a team player and was sought after by a few teams, Ottawa included. Emery will need a very good season in Russia and will also need to impress the scouts with his temper management and work ethic.
Emery's contract is for one-year around US$2 million with Atlant Mytishchi of the new Continental Hockey League (Russian Hockey League).