Semin has a deal in place to play the remainder of the season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL, TSN's Frank Seravalli reports. It was widely believed that Semin would sign with a KHL club after Montreal placed him on unconditional waivers Wednesday, so this latest development doesn't come as much of a surprise. The former 40-goal scorer was a huge disappointment for the Canadiens after signing a one-year contract with the team this offseason, tallying four points (one goal, three assists) in 15 games, while averaging just over 12 minutes of ice time per game. Semin has almost certainly played his last game in the NHL.
Semin was placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. After he didn't report to AHL St. John's, Semin is likely eyeing a move to the KHL in his native Russia. Semin looked like one of the most talented players in the world when he scored 40 goals in the 2009-10 season, but his career has come off the rails, scoring just seven goals in his last 72 games. This go-around with the Habs is likely to be the last time Semin is seen wearing an NHL sweater.
There's speculation that Semin (lower body) is heading to the KHL of Russia, the Montreal Gazette reports. Semin cleared waivers Tuesday and was sent down to St. John's of the American Hockey Leauge, but the wait is on to see if he actually reports.
Semin (lower body) has cleared waivers, per Renaud Lavoie of TVA sports. Sportsnet's Eric Engels reports that Semin has been assigned to AHL St. John's, which might have been the Habs' intent of waiving him in the first place because the parent club now has the Russian on the books at a cap hit of only $150,000. Semin is still dealing with a lower-body injury, however, and his next chance to appear in a game at the minor-league level will be this Friday.
Semin was placed on waivers Monday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Semin, who is currently on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, hasn't panned out for the Habs this season (one goal, four points in 15 games). Montreal took a minimal risk in signing Semin to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million, as even if he clears waivers and is assigned to the AHL, only a $150,000 cap hit will be charged to Montreal. The mercurial Russian has a good chance of being claimed though, as 40-goal scorers who are only 31 years of age do not become available very often.
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