The Alexei Emelin Thread
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12-22-2011, 02:15 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
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I'm a huge fan of Emelin and I want him to play, but I think it's a good idea to keep a little perspective about this.
At this time last year, Subban was coming off a few healthy scratches and scratched again before Christmas. Things can change a lot before a season ends, whether it's due to injuries, illness, slumps, player movement or a combination of the above. Emelin will get his chance soon.
Emelin's situation and Subban's situation are very different. Firstly, Subban wasn't scratched nearly as many times as Emelin, and the season's not even over.
Before last season, Subban was given the start treatment and was pretty much touted as being our franchise d-man. He was getting out of hand with his fancy play and needed to be cooled down.
Emelin's role on the team, however, is far less defined. His spot on the future roster isn't set in stone like Subban's. Emelin could me making a lot more money, with a lot more playing time in his HOME COUNTRY, and if this organization doesn't give him a reason to stay, then he'll just split to Russia next season and it'll be yet another young Hab lost because of management. Why would he want to stay on a team with some kind of anti-toughness agenda? The Habs don't have to treat Subban the same way because they're grooming him to be a franchise player and he knows it.
Hell, there's even a chance that a desperate enough team offers him more money/playing time, and all they'd have to give up is a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
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