Habs Pick Up Semin on Cheap Deal

Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have inked forward Alexander Semin to a one-year deal, worth $1.1 million. This is a low-risk, high-reward signing for the Canadiens as the 31-year old comes in cheaper than Montreal’s fourth line centre, Torrey Mitchell. If the Canadiens wish to waive Semin for whatever reason, the Habs would only have a hit of just over $150, 000 against their cap.

Semin was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He played with the Caps over the course of 7 seasons, spanning from 2003-2012. After parting ways with Washington, theĀ 6’2″, 209-pound right winger moved on to Carolina to play for the Hurricanes for three seasons. Semin has put up 513 points in 635 regular season games while adding 34 in 51 playoff games in his career so far.

The Krasnoyarsk native is a very highly skilled winger with a right-handed shot. He’s capable of changing a game instantly, however, he does lack consistency and you are not sure which version of Semin you’re going to get on any given night. Regardless, he’s a reliable goal scorer and has great vision which adds to what the Montreal Canadiens have been lacking offensively.

The Canadiens are getting that top scorer that they have been looking for at a cheap price. It’s just a matter of Semin living up to the challenge. If you look at the fact that it would be a contract year for the new signing, he may just look to prove that he still has what it takes.

Overall, you can’t fault the Habs for making this deal even if it doesn’t work out.

 

Here is Semin’s HERO chart:

Semin HERO

 

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