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Report: Semin to play for Lokomotiv during lockout

Michael Del Zotto, Al;exander Semin, Marc Staal

New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto (4) steals the puck from Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin (28) as Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) watches during the first period of Game 5 the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference semifinals, at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


With the lockout all but inevitable at this point, Russian NHL stars are turning their attention to playing at home during the stoppage.

Sport-Express out of Russia reports Lokomotiv Yaroslavl will bring Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin aboard during the lockout. Slava Malamud reports Lokomotiv had originally been against adding NHL players who would only be there part time, but it appears they’re changing their mind on Semin.

The KHL has put a three-player limit on the number of exiled NHL players a team can sign. Expect to see more Russian players pop up there during the lockout. With Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar reportedly already in Russia working out for Magnitogorsk, others are sure to follow.