According to various sources, the Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms on a contract extension with defenseman Alexei Emelin today. TSN reported the details of the contract, stating that the extension is good for four years and $16.4 million over the duration. That gives Emelin a rather outstanding $4.1 million cap hit on a yearly basis.
The 27-year-old made a short statement following the deal, which TSN covered as well: “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.”
While Emelin isn’t known for his offensive output, he’s been one of the heaviest and most frequent hitters in the NHL over the last two seasons. Hardly a game goes by where he isn’t blowing people up, but he is rarely caught out of position when he goes for the body. With all the love and money that gets thrown at offensive-defenders, it’s good to see a defensive guy like Emelin get his due and his paycheck.
He hasn’t played since April 6, and underwent reconstructive surgery on his ACL and MCL in his left knee and isn’t expected back until November sometime. Montreal is a better team with his drive and worth ethic out on the ice though, and he’ll be a Canadien for the foreseeable future with this deal now in place.
Now if the Habs could only lock up P.K. Subban, their defense would be looking pretty solid moving forward.