According to multiple reports, former Capital and current Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin has agreed to play for his hometown team of Sokol Krasnoyarsk, a Tier II feeder team for the Kontinental Hockey League.
According to Puck Daddys Dmitry Chesnokov @DChesnokov, Semin will earn the U.S. equivalent of 1,600 per month, the minimum salary in the VHL. Semin reportedly said he wanted to play for Sokol to give his grandmother a chance to see him play.
He is expected to make his debut on Friday and will wear is familiar No. 28.
Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin has begun his season with Dynamo Moscow. Catch an interview with him here.
The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME ON?
The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)
NBC Sports Washington has been told that the primary objective for Gersich in the coming weeks is to get his first taste of the NHL by observing—and practicing alongside—his new teammates in Washington. If the opportunity to get him into the lineup presents itself, then it’s possible he’ll suit up.
The 21-year-old just completed his third season at UND. Here are Gersich’s numbers from junior and college, courtesy of www.hockeydb.com.
At UND, the smooth-skating and skilled Gersich also produced this memorable goal vs. Denver:
Gersich has been assigned jersey No. 63 in Washington, according to the Caps’ website.
The addition of Gersich and subsequent subtraction of Travis Boyd, who was reassigned to Hershey on Friday morning, leaves the Caps with 14 forwards on the roster.
“I think he did a great job at rookie camp,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said of Gersich in July. “He was one of our best players, if not the best player, at camp. Really happy about the way he’s progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”