Thread: Player Discussion: Alexei Emelin
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06-20-2013, 02:43 PM
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yianik
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The hard part is this. We have seen one-and-a half years of Emelin and he will miss 2-3 months anyway of next year. He is UFA after next season. My guess is that on a long term contract he will want to be paid as a top 4 defensive defenceman, who bangs real big, so between $3.5M-$4.0M per year. I say this because Im guessing he could do pretty well moneywise in the KHL, certainly better than $2M. You might say a team would be nuts to offer him that, especially with him having suffered the injury he did. Thing is, despite questions some have about his defensive play, his devastating hits affect play, he can have an impact on a game. I think at least one out of 29 other teams would offer him that kind of money on a 3-4 year deal. Also, the closer you leave him without a contract to UFA status, the more tempted he will be to just become unrestricted. So the question is when do you make him an offer, for how much and for how long.

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