Hopefully we can get Emelin signed for 2-3 years. I really like his physical element and I think offensively he has more to offer than his stats show. He makes a very good first pass and has a knack for knowing when to jump in on offense. He should definitely be in the #3-4-5 mix for next year.
It's a shame Pierre Gauthier screwed up on defense. Emellin was the best D-man on his team in the KHL. Yet the Habs continue to exploit his talents and instead go get Campoli and Kaberle. I was sad to see Diaz play instead of Emelin, but Diaz is playing very well so I can't say it was a bad choice. But Webber seems to have hit a plateau and as far as I'm concerned, Campoli was brought in because they didn't trust Emelin and Kaberle was brought in because the PP sucked. How much time does Emelin get on the PP? Why not try the players on your roster before going out to get a pp specialist with a horrible contract who hasn't done much help this team win since he got to Montreal?
This organization has me pulling my hair! So many bad decisions.. It's sad to watch..
But at least they are still giving Emelin some ice time and he gets a chance to at least showcase his physical side...
OK I was wrong earlier this year when I said there was nothing entertaining on this team and that I wasn't excited about any player.Emelin is definitely entertaining and will pretty much be the reason I'm watching the games from now on hoping for an open ice hit.He's magnificient.To think some people actually want to bench him and still believe in playoff hope =
If they don't re-sign this guy they are definitely trolling us since 93.Finally some toughness , finally some aggressivity , who cares if he doesn't fight , players will finally get nervous entering our zone and the fans will finally have something to be entertained with.
If he doesn't stay here, the only reason would be because he wants to go back to the KHL, and I don't see that happening.
He could have stayed in Russia and made a nice career for himself there. He came over here looking for a challenge and hopefully he's happy because he's exactly the type of guy we need to keep. He's our Volchenkov. Now we need to get him signed to a 3 year/7M contract or something like that. If there's a pattern we've noticed from all the recent cup champions it's that they have good players on cheap contracts. I think Emelin can be one of those players if we play our cards right.