Habs sign RFA Emelin to 2-year, $4-million deal

Alexei Emelin has reason to celebrate tonight.
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The Canadiens have signed defenceman Alexei Emelin, a restricted free agent, to a two-year, $4-million contract.

Here’s the Canadiens release.

Next up might be fellow RFA defenceman Rafael Diaz. Agent Don Meehan, who reps both players, told HIO on Friday that he was “actively negotiating” with the Habs for contracts for Emelin and Diaz. I’d expect news on the latter probably sooner than later.


  1. logical 46 says:

    Seems to me they are hiring all the same players they had last year at an increased salary. What position did they end-up in last year wasn’t it, 15th. place. Travis Moen for 4 years, Emilin who is not allowed to fight, for 2 years at 2million a year and White who played two good games and then looked horrible for the rest of the year ,Wow. Allow the young guys to play like Ellis, like Collburg (name spelling) and others who are slated for Hamilton . Get some big guys for the third and fourth lines who are TOUGH even if they can’t skate that well, half of L A couldn’t skate. So far no difference from Gauthier except there are a lot of Queberers in the coaching ranks. Big DEAL.

    • thepiraterobert says:

      wow -aren’t you Mr. Happy?
      Fact is that in the last couple of years the club has gotten younger, bigger, and faster. We have an above average goalie, some new players that really want to be here, and a chance to turn the tide quickly. Try supporting the team. It is always so easy to criticize. Most of us are pretty happy to see there is reason for hope now. Please join us.
      c’est le but!
      Bob in Ottawa

  2. doug19 says:

    Emilin is a keeper! He will be a star D. As for Darche? considering the time he had on the powerplay……………well, his time was up.

  3. showey47 says:

    First of all i guess the site is still having issues because i was logged in as “fun police”. Second of all,it shows how much of a dimwit JM was that he didn’t feel a guy like emelin should have been in the lineup. If doubt there was a hab who benefitted more from JM being fired.

  4. HabInToronto says:


  5. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Can someone explain the ‘as per club policy…’ in regards to the financial terms? How can they not release his salary? Or is it just that they only do so later?

    • pg says:

      Good point, I always noticed that as well. They have to eventually release the information (otherwise what would capgeek.com do? 🙂

      I think you’re right, it must just be that they will release the details later. Which of course begs the question – why not just release the details now?

      – put the benches back on opposite sides of the rink

  6. CF says:

    Awesome, love this guy.

  7. Rozz says:

    EFFIN EH! I’m so happy to see him back. the way he can destroy opponents (and the odd team mate by accident lmao) so cleanly was just awesome to watch .. he was definitely was one of the few highlights of last season for me.

    “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”

    Mark Twain.

  8. Marc10 says:

    Good signing. Yemmy brings exactly what we need on D.

  9. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    We need Carkner to protect him, Emelin can’t fight because of an eye injury and would be able to play even more physically if he were to be protected

    • Bill says:

      Let’s get Parros, Carkner, Asham, and Konopka. And Staubitz. The Habs won’t score many goals, but that’s not really important according to many posters here! 🙂

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

        Parros does not make sense to me, the guy probably does not know what the puck is for.

        Staubitz won’t be re-signed

        The others are fine though

        • commandant says:

          Carkner and Konopka are both terrible hockey players.

          Carkner is not a good defenceman in any way shape or form.

          Konopka can take faceoffs, and fight, but he can’t skate. He is a major liability as he takes far too many minor penalties. Hes top ten in the NHL in minor penalties (non-coincidental) taken per minute of ice time.

          Asham I’d tak.

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          • Good Habit says:

            I agree. Konopka is not a good player. The Habs need to be smart and stick with players with more versatility. It’s nice to have tough guys, but they have to be able to skate well and play smart, chipping in the odd goal if possible. Staubitz is just as good as Konopka. Why not stick with him. Personally I’d rather have someone new though.

            Staubitz held his own fine with Konopka in this scrap:


        • Caper says:

          Parros is a graduate of Princeton. He’s no dummy.

          • Ncognito says:

            Parros is in the top 10 of smartest players in hockey. Although I have no idea if his smarts translate well to hockey.

      • AllHailTheFlower says:

        Now, now…no need to be silly. Staubitz would have been enough. 😉

      • Dulljerk says:

        Well Bill, last time I checked that was true with last years team, so what’s your point?

        No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

      • boing007 says:

        How about we give Alley Oop a tryout?

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  10. Bill says:

    I must admit I wasn’t following it, but sounds like Emelin had a really successful World Championships from the TSN article: 2g, 2a, 4pts in 9g, and a gold medal.

    He was used on the power-play in the KHl and has a good shot …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • habstrinifan says:

      I found it odd that JM used Plekanec instead of Emelin at point on PP during season. Plekanec on POINT on PP dumb move… in my humble but vociferously and steadfastly held opinion.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Good prowess with the adverbs there trini. Nicely done.

      • Bill says:

        I never want to speak of JM’s power-play ideas ever again … zomg. Pleks on the point … Darche in the crease … gahhh

        Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Good Habit says:

        I couldn’t agree more. I think the powerplay has been pitifully run even back to the days where it was one of the more successful in the league. Watch a team like the Canucks, Detroit or Pittsburgh on the PP. They have much more movement of players and quick, crisp passes. I hate it when guys on the PP are so stationary and predictable with the plays they make.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      He’s no slouch, no Hal Gill in the offensive department. He moves well and has a good shot, would sneak up to the net on occasion. Again, I expect he’ll improve in this area next season.

    • Rozz says:

      Ya he was definitely kicking ass there.. even with getting a minor injury during the tournament. I never fully understood why he wasn’t used more by the Canadiens on the power play.

      “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”

      Mark Twain.

  11. Bill says:

    Having already praised the Emeling signing … there’s an article on TSN talking about how the Leafs need to address their “size and toughness”. Isn’t this the beginning of Burke’s fifth year of pugnacity? Does that guy ever get a free pass from his fans and press.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  12. Un Canadien errant says:

    Alexei Emelin had a darn good first season as a Canadien, everything considered. I’m excited to see what he delivers next season and beyond. He’s more acclimated to the culture, language and a new city. He’s no longer going to be figuring out North American rinks or the NHL game. He’s going to be more comfortable in the dressing room, no longer being a rookie. He will be able to benefit from the presence of Andrei Markov.

    Not a big surprise that this deal was struck, but still good news and another move in a positive direction.

    • As long as he cuts his fat % down. Habstrinifan reminded me of Emelin’s belly. Hope he’s in the gym now!

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      • habstrinifan says:

        He’s gottta work on his glutes/thighs… his belly will take care of itself if he does.

        Best athletes in ‘movement’ sport have strong glutes.. and let’s leave it at that… cause I am not really into men’s glutes if you get my drift.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        That’s a factor that I wanted to touch on but neglected. He’ll have a better idea of the demands of the NHL season, and hopefully will train accordingly. I don’t get the sense that he’s lazy or unwilling to work, but more that he may have been able to dominate strictly on his natural size and ability in the KHL. He knows better now.

      • Good Habit says:

        More cushion for the pushin’! Referring to hits of course.

  13. habstrinifan says:

    I predict Eller next!

  14. Now we need someone to have his back and I am still a Stuabitz supporter since I don’t see anyone out there for as little with as big a heart (perhaps a better stick, softer hands, better wheels, yeah I know) to make sure Emelin doesn’t get into a scrum like the one with that animal Svitov (see it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7FaU2I1IdA) Who’d want to play in the KHL anyways. They pull you off the ice on a sheet if you’re injured and let guerrillas smash your face until it’s wood-pulp.

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  15. habstrinifan says:

    Emelin signed! Love it! Who’s next?

    Wow did you see Emelin’s height/weight. The guys a beast. He doesnt look 219.

  16. Hali_Hab says:

    The hell with Parros he can’t play a regular shift. Prust would be a way better option

  17. HardHabits says:

    emelin lays hard hit = eliminated harshly

  18. Bill says:

    Good. Glad to hear it.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  19. Da, is good! возвращением (that would be welcome back for all you non-Cyrillic types)

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  20. temekuhabs says:

    Good signing, like the way he plays

  21. Mike D says:


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  22. The Dude says:

    Now that we signed the stir stick for 2 years we need the MEAT! Paros anybody!

  23. Cal says:

    Nicely done, MB. Couldn’t lose the biggest hitter on the team.

  24. steve17 says:

    Another good one back under contract. Bergevin is getting things done the right way!!


  25. First, and awesome!


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