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Habs sign Emelin to four-year, $16.4 million extension (Updated)

Oct 31, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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Defenseman Alexei Emelin has signed a four-year, $16.4 million contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens.

Emelin is currently on injured reserve following offseason knee surgery. The 27-year-old had 12 points in 38 games last season while averaging 19:40 of ice time per game.

“We are very happy to have secured a long-term agreement with Alexei,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin in a release. “He is an important part of our group of core players. He shows a very good work ethic and has a good attitude. He can play big minutes against the opponents’ best players, and hard-hitting defensemen of his type are hard to find. We are very confident that he will fully recover from his knee injury and be able to compete at a high level for many years to come.”

“I am very pleased to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the coming years. I love Montreal and I am confident that I will soon return to the ice fully recovered from my injury and contribute to the success of our team,” said Emelin in the same release.

Prior to signing the extension, Emelin was a pending unrestricted free agent, a factor that needs to be taken into account when considering the not insignificant $4.1 million cap hit.

Updated: According to Renaud Lavoie in Montreal, the Emelin contract extension includes a no-trade clause in 2014-15 to 2015-16, and a limited no-trade clause in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

  1. jb8588 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I feel I follow hockey pretty closely, but I haven’t even heard of him before. (I admit I don’t watch many Habs games either).

  2. pepper2011 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Decent player, real good hitter, but not a 4m+ player. I think he has a plate in his face too. Hasn’t been able to stay healthy for a full season. Wonder what Subban is thinking?

    • valoisvipers - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Agreed, 4 mil for a guy with only 105 NHL games seems high to me too. Subban is thinking Ka Ching Ka Ching.

      • sfp311 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        The only real issue here is his injury history since he plays with such reckless abandon. But really everyone knows how overpriced defenceman are now, so 4 mil isn’t that much when you look at the highest paid D-men in the league (Myers, Campbell). Watching the Habs so far this season I can say they definitely miss his big hits, Murray can dish it out for now but he’s not very mobile anymore.

      • joey4id - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Agreed! Didn’t Montreal write a huge check for Markov when he was recuperating from knee surgery?

  3. withseidelinn - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    You would have thought they could have gotten him somewhat cheap considering he’s on the shelf.

    • drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      It’s like they consulted with Scott Howson or something.

  4. edges23 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I actually think this is pretty fair. You have to consider his value to the team. They have a clearly identified need that he fills very well, and they also tanked when he went down last year. Sure, maybe the circumstances drove up his price a bit, but you have to lock of key pieces, and in Montreal, that’s what he is.

  5. drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    A fairly big overpay, and a cheap hitter to boot. As a Bruins fan, I’m glad his agent conned MTL into keeping him.

    • abouv1 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Oh please, if this guy was on the B’s you’d be praising his play

      • drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Nope. I don’t go for flying elbows or knee-on-knee hits. Thanks for playing.

    • sfp311 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      If his name was Adam McQuaid you’d be saying how much of a bargain it is.

      • drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Upthumbers are doing a piss-poor job of reading my mind, it seems.

    • drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      No homers here.

      • micasa81 - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Says the guy who vehemently defended the Marchand clip on Salo. I guess anyone who disagrees with you is a homer.

    • packerswin96 - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      You want to talk about flying elbows and knee on knees? Look at your own goon Chara, dirtiest player in the league!

  6. justinhbhb - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Not sure how to feel about all this with Emelin. Last year i believe he was paired with Markov while Subban was with Georges to have an ofd/dfd set up.But Montreal’s defense is holding up really well with Subban and Markov now together. And I wonder if Murray will stay and be a third pairing with Bouillon. I just hope when Emelin comes back the chemistry isn’t thrown off too much…

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