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. was the first to report the news.

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Alex Semin is a champion.

Tuesday, the former Washington Capitals “Young Gun” and current 19-year-old Caps goaltending prospect Ilya Samsonov won the Gagarin Cup with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Metallurg defeated CSKA Moscow at home in Game Seven, 3-1. The win comes after firing coach Mike Keenan part way through the season.

The Gagarin Cup is the KHL’s equivalent of the Stanley Cup. It is the same cup that Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom kinda-sorta technically won while they played in the KHL during the lockout shortened 2012-2013 NHL season. Semin scored 7 goals and put up 15 points in 23 playoff games en route to the final Game Seven victory. Samsonov was the backup goaltender throughout the playoffs, but he did post a 2-2 record in 6 appearances with a 2.29 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

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A few weeks ago, RMNB’s Chris Gordon asked Evgeny Kuznetsov about his finger twirl celebration.

“That’s not for you, you know,” Kuznetsov said to Gordon when asked what the inspiration of the celebration was. “You don’t have to know that.”

Kuznetsov said it was a secret, but recently RMNB reader Chris S. (@theSTOEHR) found something that could give us context.

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In Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s  December article in the Players’ Tribune, we learned how he first fell in love with hockey, how YouTube influenced his game, and how different Russian hockey is from the NHL. But the part of that story that stood out most to us were Kuznetsov’s interactions with former Capitals forward Alex Semin.

Semin, we learned, used to live in an apartment above Kuznetsov’s hockey school and used to skate with the young Kuznetsov, eight years his junior. In the years since, Semin’s fondness for Kuznetsov has not waned.

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Montreal Canadiens Put Alex Semin on Waivers


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


Photo: @AbateMarcello

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’


Photo: Montreal Canadiens

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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