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Alexander Semin | Winger

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/3/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 211
Contract: view contract details

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Alexander Semin scored his first goal in a Montreal uniform during the Canadiens' 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in an exhibition game Monday night in Quebec City.
Lars Eller, Brian Flynn and Dale Weise also scored for the Canadiens. It's been 20 years since the defunct Nordiques played at the Colisee, which is across the street from a new facility in Quebec City. The NHL is in the process of considering an expansion bid from Quebecor Inc. for Quebec City. Sep 28 - 10:22 PM

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Alexander Semin has a foot injury that will keep him off the ice Monday.

Semin is trying to bounce back this season from a terrible 2014-15 performance, so hopefully this ailment won't hold him back during training camp. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 21 - 11:35 AM

Hurricanes president Don Waddell offered a rather harsh assessment of Alexander Semin.

"Alexander Semin was a very top-end player in the league when the game was played at a slower pace," Waddell said. "It's now played at such a high level if you can’t skate it's hard to compete. Alex lost a step and he tried to play on the outside too much because he didn't have the speed. … In simple terms, we paid him $14 million to go away." Carolina bought out the remainder of Semin's contract. There's been a lot of talk over the years about Semin's supposed motivational issues and Hurricanes GM Ron Francis had previously added fuel to that flame when he criticized Semin's compete level over the summer. By contrast Waddell seems to be suggesting that Semin has simply been left behind by the increasing speed of the game.
Sep 17 - 6:44 AM

Montreal coach Michel Therrien is eager to work with free agent signing Alexander Semin.

"It's a nice challenge, that's how I look at it," Therrien said. "He's a guy that's full of potential, and there's an opportunity for him to get back to where we think he can be as a player, and where I imagine he also thinks he can be as a player. We're going to give him an opportunity, and it's the type of player we were missing when you looked at our team. He's a guy who can score, who can make plays and who's shown in the past that he can contribute to the success of a team offensively. But as far as I'm concerned, I see it as a challenge." Montreal is hoping that Semin shows up motivated to camp and plays with a chip on his shoulder after he was bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Aug 12 - 10:13 AM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin wants to see more consistency from Alexander Semin.

"That was the downside that he had in Carolina and that's what we're looking for," Bergevin said. "If you don't score — (and) it's hard to score in today's game — you have to bring something else to the table. So it's either backchecking or stripping pucks or playing solid hockey ... that's what I expect from you if you don't score." The Canadiens brass is hoping to see Semin recapture the form he had earlier in his career when he was a feared goal scorer.
Aug 3 - 10:09 AM

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

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

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