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Alexander Semin | Winger

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/3/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 209
Contract: view contract details

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Alexander Semin said that Andrei Markov told him to come to Montreal to help the team win a Stanley Cup.
"I like Montreal. I like this town. I like the fans here. It’s a good atmosphere. There are good people on this team. It’s a good organization," added the 10-year NHL veteran, who has suited up for Russia internationally on multiple occasions over the years, including at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. "I spoke to Andrei Markov about coming on board. He said to come [to Montreal] and we’ll try to win the Stanley Cup." Semin had an awful year with Carolina last year. He knows he'll have to be better and he expects to help his new team just as much as they'll help him. "I want to try [to get going again] because last year I had a bad season. I didn’t score goals. I didn’t pick up points. I didn’t play well. I want to get back to playing how I can play. I think I can help this team, and they can help me, too. I want to have a good year," Jul 25 - 9:54 AM

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Alexander Semin will earn $3.4 million during the 2015-16 season.

Semin signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday but he will still be collecting a paycheck from the Carolina Hurricanes because they chose to buy him out this off-season. The Hurricanes will be paying him $2.3 million this year.
Jul 25 - 9:03 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Alexander Semin to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

When he's at his best, Semin would be an absolute steal at that price. The problem is he is wildly inconsistent. He had just six goals and 19 points in 57 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, which led to the final three seasons of his five-year, $35 million contract being bought out. Hurricanes GM Ron Francis cited Semin's compete level as one of the issues. Still, for that price, he's well worth the risk.
Jul 24 - 11:50 AM

Alexander Semin's agent said his client is willing to accept a one-year contract.

Semin may not have a choice after being bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes last week. The 31-year-old had a very disappointing season in 2014-15, but a team looking for some offensive flare on the wing might be willing to take a run at him. He has supreme offensive ability but his compete level and lack of consistency have been an issue throughout his career. Semin has a 40-goal season and two 30-goal campaigns under his belt, which does count for something. His agent refused to speak about his client's options in the KHL.
Jul 5 - 3:35 PM

Alexander Semin has passed through waivers.

The Hurricanes will now buy out his contract and he will be free to sign with any other team. Semin will draw interest from a lot of teams because he has shown he can score and set up goals in the past but he hasn't done it in a few years.
Jul 1 - 12:16 PM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis wasn't happy with Alexander Semin's compete level last season.

Carolina has placed Semin on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying him out. "He certainly has had some injuries, but last season he did not have the compete level we expect," Francis said. "We talk about holding our players accountable, and there were some things we felt he did not hold up to, so we made this decision. When we talk about accountability and a consistently high compete level, we have to follow through, or they make no sense. He did not have that high compete level, for whatever reason." That plays into the common criticisms about him. It will be interesting to see what kind of market there will be for Semin this summer. If he signs a one-year contract, then that might provide him with the motivation he needs to bounce back.
Jul 1 - 8:05 AM

Alexander Semin has been placed on unconditional waivers with the intent of buying out the rest of his contract.

He has three years remaining on his deal and his buyout is set to cost the Hurricanes $14 million over six seasons. Semin generated just six goals and 13 assists in 57 games last season, but don't be surprised if another team takes a chance on him with a one-year contract.
Jun 30 - 12:24 PM

There are rumors swirling that the Carolina Hurricanes may be willing to give up the fifth overall pick to a team that's willing to take Alexander Semin's contract.

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet mentioned the rumor in his "30 thoughts" blog. It seems completely unlikely that a team in the middle of a rebuild would be willing to let go of such a high pick to move a contract. Semin has three years remaining on his current deal and he is owed $7 million per year in each of those three seasons.
Jun 21 - 6:44 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes are keeping their options open when it comes to what to do with Alexander Semin.

Semin comes with a $7 million annual cap hit through 2017-18 and the deal is looking like a disaster at this point. He had a rough campaign in 2013-14, but he collapsed completely last season with six goals and 19 points in 57 games. Buying him out would cost the Hurricanes' roughly $2.3 million in cap space for each of the next six seasons, but it still might be preferable to keeping him on the roster. "It's too early to say," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said of his plans regarding Semin. "We're looking at all the options. Is it best to keep him here or should we do something else? At the right time we'll do what's best for our organization."
Jun 17 - 5:16 PM

Luke DeCock of the News & Observer is arguing that the Hurricanes should buy out Alexander Semin's contract.

It's certainly a justified stance, given how big of a disaster he's been the past two seasons. He has had some injury troubles along the way, but the fact that he declined as soon as his five-year, $35 million contract kicked in certainly plays into the longstanding narrative that Semin is a talented forward that has motivational issues. Despite that, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Hurricanes keep Semin in the hopes that he bounces back. Keep in mind buying him out would mean paying him $14 million over six years to not play for them.
Apr 20 - 9:27 AM

Alexander Semin admitted that he's not sure what happened to him this season.

Semin was limited to six goals and 19 points in 57 contests and found himself being sent to the press box on multiple occasions. It doesn't sound like he was battling through an injury, although he did have surgery in the summer of 2014, so that might have been a factor. Semin will be worth keeping a close eye on next season because he's obviously capable of much more, but he's also one of the least reliable forwards in the game today and that distinction factors in his entire career, not just his lackluster 2014-15 campaign.
Apr 14 - 10:57 AM

Alexander Semin scored a goal in Carolina's 4-3 loss to Buffalo on Monday.

It was just Semin's sixth goal of the campaign. He'll have a lot to prove in 2015-16 after wildly performing below expectations this season.
Apr 7 - 9:15 AM

Alexander Semin registered an assist in a 4-2 loss Tuesday night.

Semin has five goals and 18 points in 51 contests in 2014-15. He's got a history of inconsistency and in this case fantasy owners might take some comfort in that as it suggests that a bounce back season in 2015-16 is not only possible, but wouldn't be out of the ordinary. Even still, we wouldn't recommend taking him until the end of 2015-16 standard league drafts, if you grab him at all.
Apr 1 - 9:16 AM

Alexander Semin (hamstring) will play in Sunday's tilt against the Boston Bruins.

Semin missed one game because of the injury. He has a disappointing five goals and 17 points in 49 games this season. He may have a lot of offensive skill but he just doesn't show enough consistency to be a fantasy starter every night.
Mar 29 - 2:55 PM

As speculated on Rotoworld earlier, Alexander Semin (hamstring) is likely not playing for the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night.

Semin is not on the ice for the Carolina warmups prior to a game against the New Jersey Devils.
Mar 28 - 7:08 PM

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