The Montreal Canadiens announced the re-signing of defenseman Alexei Emelin to a four-year, $16.4 million contract extension.

Habs re-sign Alexei Emelin to a 4-year extension.

Habs re-sign Alexei Emelin to a 4-year extension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Emelin, 27, is in the final year of his current deal and was slated for unrestricted free agency next summer. His new deal is worth an average cap hit of $4.1 million, over double the $2 million per season of his current deal. He’s presently on injured reserve recovering from knee surgery.

While the Canadiens like his mobile physical style, they’re taking a gamble investing that much for that long without first evaluating his recovery from his knee injury over the remainder of this season. For their sake and Emelin’s, hopefully he makes a full recovery.