Today, the Canadiens resigned Defenceman Alexei Emelin to a 4 year, 16.4 million dollar contract. Just wondering what people think the Ericsson contract will look like. The Emelin deal is somewhat of a measuring stick, however Ericsson is obviously a bit more valuable to our team than Emelin is to theirs. Offensively speaking, these guys are similar, but offense is neither of their specialties. They are both known for their defensive play. Last season: Emelin had 12 pts in 38 GP, while Ericsson had 13 in 45 GP. Similar numbers. Defensively however, Ericsson is more valuable. While +/- can be a misleading stat, one that proves Ericsson is more relied on defensively is his 21:19 minutes per game, compared to Emelin's 19:40. Neither guy got significant powerplay time, but Ericsson again was used more in shorthanded situations, (3:08/game compared to Emelin's 2:11). Ericsson has really taken strides in the past couple seasons, so there is no reason to believe the Wings won't bring him back, but now the question becomes how much is he worth. Based on the Emelin signing, there is no reason to believe that Ericsson is worth any less than about 5 million per year. I'll take a stab at it, and guess he'll get a 5 year, 25 million dollar contract. Is this too high/low??