The Alexei Emelin Thread
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01-24-2012, 12:46 PM
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Thats the problem. Emelin is 25 and I think that means he is RFA for onliy 1 more year. I love Emelin but I have to acknowledge that he probably isnt a top 4 player right now. If you offer him the money you suggest it makes sense for him to agree to only a 1 year deal and then go UFA. To sign him long term I think you must offer him top 4 money, as a defensive D-man who makes occasional horrible decisions that lead to scoring chances against you, and who plays a terrific physical game. A Top 4 solid defensive D-manie Gorges as a UFA Id say at $4M. As an RFA Id say he gets 1.5M, 3 years at $4, so 13.5M over 4 years , 3.4M per year. Basically you need to project him into a top 4 player into next year. Its a risk but its a risk Id take for our only physical D-man who hits well ( and whose acually brilliant at hitting), than risk losing him.
Then go 2 years...next year a slight raise to 1 mil and then 2.5-3 mil the year after...total 3.5-4 mil/2 years 1.75-2 mil cap hit.
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