Feb 7, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin (74) in play during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens, Alexei Emelin agree to 4 year deal

The Montreal Canadiens, and defenseman Alexei Emelin have agree to a four year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth $16.4 million, so Emelin would be making $4.1 million a year.

According to ESPN,

Emelin, who has played 105 games over the past two seasons for the Canadiens, would have been an unrestricted free agent after the season. He had three goals and nine assists in 38 games last season.

Alexei Emelin spoke about the contract during a Canadiens press release on Thursday.

“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.”

Also from the team’s press release,

In 38 games with the Canadiens in 2012-13, Emelin recorded 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) and led the team with 110 hits. The 6’02’’ and 224 lbs defenseman added 33 penalty minutes, 47 blocked shots and a +2 differential, while averaging 19:40 of ice time per game. Emelin suffered a season-ending knee injury on April 6, 2013 against Boston and has yet to play a game in 2013-14. Emelin has tallied 19 points (6 goals, 13 helpers) in 105 career regular-season games since his NHL debut in 2011-12.

Emelin is currently on the IR due to offseason knee surgery.

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