After he was put on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens in December, former Capitals forward Alex Semin flew home to Russia and completed the 2015-16 season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Semin scored five goals and nine assists in 20 regular season games. In the playoffs, Semin did even better, notching seven goals and eight assists in 23 playoff games. Semin and Magnitogorsk won the Gagarin Cup as league champions.
Despite spending 11 seasons and playing 650 games in North America, Semin will not test the NHL free agent market. Instead, last Tuesday, Semin agreed to terms with Magnitogorsk. Sports.ru was the first to report the news.
“We extended our contract with Semin,” Vice President Victor Rashinikov said as translated by RMNB’s Igor Kleyner. “The deal’s conditions are absolutely adequate.”
Sport Express reporter Igor Eronko added that it was a one-year pact.
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) May 28, 2016
After seven seasons in Washington, Semin left the Capitals during July of 2012. Semin signed with the Carolina Hurricanes and initially did well, scoring a combined 35 goals in his first two seasons there. But during an injury plagued 2014-15 season, Semin and the Canes had a falling out. Carolina bought Semin’s contract bought out last June.
The Montreal Canadiens signed Semin to a $1.1 million contract in July. Semin scored one goal and added three assists before going overseas.
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