Former Capitals Young Gun Alex Semin, who has been given more chances than a raffle ticket barker at a summer carnival, got another one today when he agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
“We are very pleased to have reached a short term agreement with Alexander Semin,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a release. “Alex is a pure goal scorer with a good shot. We believe his addition to our group of forwards will strengthen our offensive production and our power play.
“A veteran winger with size, Semin has reached the 20-goal plateau seven times since the beginning of his NHL career 12 years ago. His signing represents a great opportunity for the organization and for Alex’s career.”
Semin, 31, piled up 197 goals in seven seasons with the Capitals from 2003-12, but scored just 41 goals in three years with the Carolina Hurricanes, who last month bought out the final three years of his five-year, $35 million contract.
So, in addition to the $1.1 million Semin will make for the Canadiens next season, he’ll make another $14 million over the next six years for doing nothing for the Hurricanes, who will be charged his $2.33 million cap hit for each of the next six years.
The Canadiens are hoping Semin can do more for coach Michel Therrien than he did for the Canes’ Bill Peters, who made him a healthy scratch last season while Semin was putting up six goals in 57 games.
Semin’s agent, Mark Gandler, accused Peters “not understanding” Semin and the way he plays the game.
“(Semin’s) career can only go up,” Gandler told Sovsport.ru. “He is still young. His buyout was under unique circumstances and the (Hurricanes) coach did not understand Sasha’s game.”
Semin has always been more productive while playing under one-year deals, so it will be interesting to see how he performs under the bright lights of Montreal and its discriminating fan base.