Alexei Emelin has agreed a new four-year deal at the Montreal Canadiens, reports ESPN.

Emelin, who has starred for the Canadiens in recent years, will now stay with the team for the long term.

The deal is worth a reported $16.4 million, with a cap hit of $4.1 million per year.

The 27-year-old, who was drafted by the Canadiens in the third round of the 2004 NHL entry draft, would have been an unrestricted free agent had he not signed a new deal.

The Russian will be hoping to continue to shine for the Canadiens over the coming years after hitting three goals and nine assists last season.

Emelin will be hoping to stay injury free over the next few years and keep contributing to the team.

The defenseman will be hoping for great progress with the Canadiens over the coming years as he continues with the team.

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