Alexei Emelin Close to Returning

Alexei Emelin was recently signed to a brand new 4 year contract worth $16 million but has yet to see ice this year because of a knee injury he suffered last season.

Emelin has just been cleared for contact and could be back within 1-2 weeks according to the Montreal Canadiens.

Emelin is a key part of the Canadiens top four defense core that have surely missed his physical dimension in their first 16 games this year.

Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin, who has been sidelined since last season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery, practised with his teammates Monday in Brossard while wearing a regular practice jersey. It marked the first time he has participated in a practice without wearing a no-contact jersey.