There are some things in life we all end up regretting, sometimes as we grow old and look back at what we failed to accomplish, especially when it comes to our professional lives and career choices.
The time for regrets appears to be coming sooner for veteran defenseman Alexei Emelin, who revealed some surprising information about his career in the National Hockey League on Friday.
The Russian defender inked three-year deal in the Kontinental Hockey League last month, but the veteran defender claims he had the option to stay in the NHL. Emelin told Igor Eronko of Russia’s Sport-Express on Friday that he had offers from three or four NHL clubs, but turned them down because they were all offering one-year contracts. The defender was greedy and was looking for more stability as well.
The veteran blue liner added that the Washington Capitals were among the teams to offer him a contract before he signed with Avangard, but he refused to join Alex Ovechkin’s gang.
The Capitals have kicked off the season on the right foot, with great intensity, and at the moment, still look capable of defending their title in the Stanley cup Final next spring. You can see how well they performed in their first contest of the season, crushing the Boston Bruins 7-0, in the video atop of the article.
Emelin ended up with the Nashville Predators last season, when he registered a goal with eight assists over 76 games. He also appeared in 10 playoff games in Music City.
Prior to the Predators, Emelin spent the first six years of his career with the Montreal Canadiens, scoring 14 goals and 58 assists over 380 games. He was not protected by the Habs in the expansion draft and landed with the Vegas Golden Knights at the end of June 2017, before they moved him to the Predators later on.
Emelin was selected by the Canadiens in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
So far this season in the KHL, Emelin has three assists and a minus-7 rating in 14 games overseas.
Let’s hope he keeps doing well with Avangard after forget about the regrets of staying in the NHL and playing for the Cup champions…