It would be safe to say that Alex Semin's Montreal career is not going the way he hoped. The mercurial winger cleared waivers on Tuesday and was assigned to St. John's, the Canadiens' AHL affiliate.
Semin, 31, has proven himself to be both remarkably talented and incredibly inconsistent throughout his NHL career. In seven seasons with the Caps, Semin scored 197 goals and 211 assists, but he has failed to make that kind of impact with any other NHL squad.
After his contract expired with the Caps in 2012, Semin signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was re-signed by Carolina to a five-year deal after a 44-point season. In the second year of the new contract, his numbers took a nose dive as he managed only 19 points in 57 games.
The Hurricanes bought him out after that season making him a free agent in 2015. Many expected the Krasnojarsk, Russia native to return home to play for the KHL, but instead he decided to give it another go in the NHL and signed a one-year deal with Montreal.
Things have not gone well.
Montreal placed Semin on Waivers on Monday meaning he could be claimed by any NHL team for 24 hours. The fact that no one did shows just how far Semin's stock has fallen.
Semin has not played in the AHL since the 2003-04 season and, assuming he accepts his assignment to St. John's, that's likely where he will stay for some time judging from what Montreal head coach Michel Therrien had to say about him.
"He has a lot of things to improve in order to play for our team" - Michel Therrien on Alex Semin.
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