What a stupid contract, why couldn't you wait for Emelin to return from his injury before giving him an extension...such a pointless risk. I don't mind the money since he's shown progress in his first two seasons and was solid last year before getting injured. We have to take in consideration that the KHL is still an option for him.
Great signing by Bergevin, Emelin is worth every cent of the $4.1 mil a year. The Habs defence is so much better with him in the lineup, now for Markov and Subban to ink their new deals. A four year deal for Markov and a long term for Subban can pretty much guarantee a Stanley Cup final three yrs. from now. IMHO!
I really love Emelin, not only was he was a great fit to the D last year, he was a key part, but it's a gamble given the type of injury he had. It could work out well, in the present it's a lot of money though. Hopefully the gamble will pay off like it did with Markov.
I like that top 4 also! If he's going to play top 4 minutes in the near future, he should get paid like one also. He brings something to this team that we lacked for so long and yet people keep on crying that he'll get overpaid by 0.5M! I'll even go and say that his offensive game is underrated. I can see him getting some PP on the 2nd unit behind Subban and Markov.
The cap is also going up next year so what's the big deal here?