Alexei Yemelin (left) celebrates a goal for Russia at the 2007 world championship.
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Defenceman Alexei Yemelin has again thumbed his nose at the Canadiens, signing a new contract with the Russian Kontinental League’s AK Bars Kazan.
Colleague Marc de Foy of ruefrontenac.com says that Don Meehan, Yemelin’s agent, explains that the Russian squad offered "better financial guarantees," adding that his client had signed a contract of one year, but possibly two. Meehan is awaiting the documents from an employee based in Russia.
De Foy further reports that Meehan client Francis Bouillon hasn’t come up yet in talks with GM Bob Gainey, but that the agent expects discussions will take place during draft week. And Meehan says he’ll soon meet with client Patrice Brisebois to determine the veteran defenceman’s future.
Meanwhile, Matt Keator, who represents UFA-to-be Mike Komisarek and impending RFA Christopher Higgins, wouldn’t comment on his clients’ status beyond saying it’s not yet July 1.