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Report: Semin Signs With Magnitogorsk

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Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens placed forward Alexander Semin on unconditional waivers. One day later, Semin has found himself a new team on home soil.

The enigmatic 31-year-old right winger is headed back to Russia to play hockey. He signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens during the offseason, although there was some doubt that Semin and head coach Michel Therrien could make it a good fit for the storied club.

In 15 games with Montreal this season, Semin had one goal and three assists. He was made a healthy scratch by Therrien eight times in his short tenure with the Canadiens.

The team placed him on waivers earlier this week in order to assign him to the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL. With no other NHL teams claiming Semin, Montreal placed him on unconditional waivers yesterday.

Playing in 650 NHL games, he amassed 239 goals and 278 assists for 517 points.

Gennady Velichkin, Magnitogorsk Metallurg’s Vice President of Hockey Operations, blames NHL coaches for the troubles that Semin had in North America and and told Russian website Sport-Express, “We believe in Semin, and we know that he – our Russian star, will hopefully prove it by playing for our team in Russia in the KHL.”

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