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Canadiens extend Emelin's contract

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The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Alexei Emelin to a four-year, $16.4 million contract extension on Thursday.

Emelin, who is in the final season of a two-year contract, would have become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. The team did not announce contract details, but NHL.com reported the monetary terms.

Emelin has yet to play this season because of a knee injury from an April 6 game against the Boston Bruins. Last season, he finished with three goals, nine assists and a plus-2 rating in 39 games.

"I am very pleased to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the coming years," Emelin said. "I love Montreal and I am confident that I will soon return to the ice fully recovered from my injury and contribute to the success of our team."

In two NHL seasons, the 27-year-old has accumulated six goals and 19 points in 105 games.

"We are very happy to have secured a long-term agreement with Alexei," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. "He is an important part of our group of core players. He shows a very good work ethic and has a good attitude. He can play big minutes against the opponents' best players, and hard-hitting defensemen of his type are hard to find.

"We are very confident that he will fully recover from his knee injury and be able to compete at a high level for many years to come."
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