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.