Montreal Canadiens Put Alex Semin on Waivers

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Former Capital Alex Semin is at another crossroads. After getting bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes and signing a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens during the offseason, the former 40-goal scorer is now on waivers. This news was first reported by Bob McKenzie.

The 31-year-old Russian has just one goal and three assists over 15 games. Coach Michel Therrien has made Semin a healthy scratch much of the season, citing Semin’s supposed lack of defense. For the record, Montreal has dominated puck possession when Semin was on the ice (56.65 score-adjusted shot-attempt percentage).

The Semin contract carried little risk for the Canadiens, and his release doesn’t hurt them much — unless Semin is claimed by one of their rivals. The waiver window closes Tuesday at noon.

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Caps Russians Catch Up With Old Friends in Canada

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The Capitals arrived in Montreal last night ahead of their game tonight against the Canadians. So what did the Caps Russians do? I’m glad you asked.

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Stan Galiev had dinner with former Capital/forever-Habs-scratch Alex Semin. We know this because Ristorante Bis owner Marcello Abate published a photo of the group together on Twitter.

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Alex Semin Scores First Goal With Montreal Canadiens

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Over the summer, former Capitals Alex Semin was bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes, two seasons after signing a five-year, $35 million extension. Carolina Hurricanes President Don Waddell said that Semin “didn’t buy into the culture” of the team. Shortly after, the Russian forward signed a one-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens are off to a hot start, winning their first 7 games (a tie for club record). That streak continued on Tuesday with the help of Semin, who scored his first goal in a Montreal uniform.

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The weirdest things always happen to former Capital Alex Semin. In the past, we’ve seen Semin injure himself with his own gold medal and have his stick stolen from him in a game. Tonight, Semin did some stick stealing himself, albeit unintentionally.

During a third period shift, Semin’s teammate Alex Galchenyuk attempted to check Caps forward TJ Oshie at center ice. Semin, however, took the brunt of the hit. Somehow during the process of this, Oshie’s stick magically became glued to Semin’s armpit.

Unaware, Semin continued playing and lulz were had by all.

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The Washington Capitals traveled to Montreal tonight to play their third preseason game of the year. It wasn’t on local TV, but Twitter has us covered.

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin and new first-line right wing TJ Oshie scored their first preseason goals after two stunning plays. Oshie also scored on his backhand in the shootout, giving the Caps a 4-3 win.

On top of that, Burakovsky scored, Alex Semin did something weird again, and Oshie even got in a minor scrap.

You gotta see these highlights.

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Hurricanes President: We ‘Paid Alex Semin to Go Away’

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Alex Semin made his debut in a Montreal Canadiens jersey today (ew #13) after signing a one-year, $1.1-million deal in late July. But just as with his career in Washington, controversy continues to dog Semin.

While speaking to the Raleigh Sports Club on Wednesday night, Carolina Hurricanes President Don Waddell explained why the team bought Semin out of the remaining three years of his five-year, $35-million extension. And it’s vicious.

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Montreal Canadiens Sign Alex Semin to One-Year Deal

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Alex Semin has finally signed and it’s not with Washington, darn it. The Montreal Canadiens announced that the Russian forward had agreed to a one-year deal. According to Renaud Lavoie, it’s for $1.1 million.

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Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reported that the Carolina Hurricanes are buying out Alex Semin just two seasons after signing a five-year, $35 million extension with the club. According to War On Ice, the move will save the Canes’ $7 million. They will pay out $14 million over the next six seasons. Ouch.

Related: RMNB’s Favorite Memories of Alex Semin

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Midway through the first period, former teammate Jason Chimera interfered with Alex Semin along the boards. Semin responded the only way he knows how: by taking a dumb retaliatory tripping penalty. I feel like I’ve written about this a million times before.

Both Chimera and Semin would go to the Sasha Box. Heh.

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To All the Caps I’ve Loved Before

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There’s really no need to read this piece. Your life will be no better for having read what’s below. Your life might actually get worse. You should probably stop right now.

(Last chance.)

So the Caps have freed some players over the last few years, and it feels like all of them have turned into beautiful hockey butterflies. The team had good reasons to trade or release some guys; others… not so much. In this still very young season, those hockey butterflies are playing so good it’s like they’re trying to make you jealous. Well, it’s not going to work, hockey butterflies.

Okay, yeah, it is.

I’m gonna take a peek around the league, in a totally non-Facebook-stalker-y way, just to see how certain ex-Caps forwards are doing in their new homes. Pretty freaking well, it turns out. Starting with prospect-bust-turned-Calder-standout Filip Forsberg, lemme run down who has moved on and how they’re doing.

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