Semin inked a one-year contract extension with KHL club Vityaz Podolsk on Tuesday.
In 50 games for Vityaz last year, Semin tallied 18 goals, 20 helpers and 69 PIM. The Russian winger hasn't played in the NHL since 2015-16 when he was with Montreal, though he only appeared in 15 games for the Habs that season. With a KHL extension in place, the 36-year-old almost certainly won't be making a return to the NHL any time soon. If this marks the end of his playing days in North America, the 2002 13th overall pick will have logged 650 NHL games and racked up 239 goals and 278 helpers along the way.
Semin signed a one-year contract extension with Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) on Sunday.
Semin is coming off the best KHL season of his career, as he racked up 19 goals and 22 helpers in 54 outings. The winger -- who was drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft -- last played in the NHL back in 2015-16 when he was with the Canadiens. While his numbers last year were solid, there is little chance the 35-year-old veteran will be making his way back to the NHL at any point.
Semin re-signed with KHL club Metallurg Magnitogorsk on a one-year contract, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.
The 32-year-old Semin was waived by Montreal early in the 2015-16 season after scoring just four points in 15 games He then won a KHL championship with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and he'll now return to the club for a repeat effort.
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.
Semin (undisclosed) has been placed on injured reserve and will miss at least one week, NHL.com reports.
As noted in the report, Christian Thomas has been recalled from AHL St. John's as a move that directly corresponds to Semin's placement on injured reserve. Semin is a talented player with 517 career points (239 goals, 278 assists) but his point totals have been doing a tailspin since tallying 54 points in 2011-12, his last season with the Capitals. He has just four points in 15 games with Montreal this campaign and his low 12:20 TOI/G is a key limiting factor for the Russian.
Semin has been ruled out of the remainder of Wednesday's tilt against the Rangers with an undisclosed injury, Sportsnet's Eric Engels reports.
It isn't clear when or how Semin suffered the ding, but the Canadiens should provide an update on his status following Wednesday's game. The 31-year-old winger logged just 5:22 of ice time before exiting the contest.
Semin notched an assist Friday against the Islanders in a 5-3 win.
Semin played on the fourth line and logged just 9:01, but managed to score the second assist on Montreal's first goal. He fired another four shots on net in a surprisingly productive game. Semin returned to the lineup after Torrey Mitchell (lower body) left Thursday's game, and even after notching a point, his status for Sunday's game against the Islanders is uncertain. He's too unreliable to be a valuable fantasy asset.
Semin is expected to return to the active lineup Friday night against the Islanders after Torrey Mitchell left Thursday night's loss to the Coyotes with a lower body injury.
The reconfigured second line with Mitchell played well Thursday, but it's back to the disappointing Semin, who's been a healthy scratch in nine of the last 11 games.
Semin will not be in the active lineup for Thursday night's game against the Coyotes, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Semin had sat out seven games before getting back into a couple of games over the weekend. We saw this coming in Monday's comeback win over Vancouver, when Semin played a team-low 6:48 and was benched after taking a holding penalty in the third period with Montreal trailing 3-1. Torrey Mitchell will be promoted from the fourth line to skate in Semin's spot at right wing on the second line.
Semin was in the active lineup Saturday for the first time in eight games. He did not get off a shot in 15:30 of ice time, including 2:15 on the power play, in a 6-1 loss to Colorado.
You would think a player like Semin, who had been a healthy scratch for seven straight games, would be more eager. The second line of Semin, Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk produced just three of Montreal's 40 shots on goal.
Semin skated on the second line during Friday's practice, the Canadiens' official site reports.
Semin, who began the year at right wing on the second line with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller, played himself out of the active lineup and has been a healthy scratch the last seven games. The second line has been the weak spot during Montreal's 13-2-2 start, and no Semin-replacement -- Brian Flynn, Devante Smith-Pelly or Paul Byron -- has worked out, so we might see Semin active for Saturday night's game against the Avalanche.
Semin will be scratched Saturday night, when the Habs host the Bruins, Sean Farrell of NHL.com reports.
There is no word of an injury and Semin simply appears to be the odd man out Saturday. Semin has drawn into 10 games this season but is averaging just 13:44 TOI in those appearances, which is not an ideal amount of time for a forward to try and pick up the level of offensive numbers that fantasy owners crave.
Semin was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Friday.
Once again, Semin's vacated active roster spot was filled by Paul Byron, who had a goal and an assist in Friday night's win over Calgary. Brian Flynn has been skating on the second line in place of Semin.
Semin was inactive for Thursday's game against Edmonton.
Semin was replaced by Paul Byron, who was playing his first game of the season in what eventually became a Canadiens' 4-3 loss to the Oilers. Semin had been benched for a stretch in a recent outing, but head coach Michel Therrien stayed with his active roster throughout Montreal's nine-game winning streak to start the season. Now, after two consecutive losses, Therrien can get back to line-tinkering.
Semin was benched midway through the third period in Saturday night's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs, Hockey Inside Out reports.
Head coach Michel Therrien was not pleased with Semin's performance on two of the Leafs' three goals, resulting in his benching after Toronto's final goal in the third period. Devante Smith-Pelly took Semin's spot on the second line for the rest of the third period. It's hard to find the negatives in a nine-game losing streak, but a few cropped up Saturday, including Semin's play. We suspect there will be no changes to the lines when the Habs seek their 10th straight win Tuesday night in Vancouver.
Semin, who had just three shots through the first four games, was encouraged by teammates to shoot more often, the Montreal Gazette reports. "He has that lethal shot and when he puts it on net, he's going to score a lot of goals," said Max Pacioretty. "If you look at him in practice, you know how heavy that shot is and it's tough for goaltenders to handle."
Semin has responded to his teammates' wishes, firing off eight shots on net in the last three games. It paid off for him Tuesday night when he scored the Canadiens' second goal, giving the Habs breathing room in a 3-0 win over the Blues. Semin had been known as a sniper with a string of 20-goal seasons before falling off last season in Carolina.