The Montreal Canadiens have announced the signing of defenseman Alexei Emelin to a four-year contract extension worth $16.4 million an average annual value of $4.1 million per season. The 6′ 2″ 224lb bruising defenseman is still currently rehabbing from a knee injury that he sustained near the end of last season. Emelin, 27, has recorded 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) and is a -16 with 95 shots through 105 career regular season NHL games. Emelin led the Habs with 110 hits and had a solid 47 shot blocks in 38 games last season.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday a four-year contract extension for defenseman Alexei Emelin (2014-15 to 2017-18).
“We are very happy to have secured a long term agreement with Alexei. 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” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
“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 Alexei Emelin.
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.
A native of Togliatti, Russia, Emelin was the Canadiens’ second pick (third round, 84th overall) at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Emelin skated with his teammates at practice today for the first time since suffering his knee injury and was sporting a no-contact jersey. I think it’s safe to say that we can expect Emelin to be back within a month or so barring he does not suffer any sort of set back.