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Semin experiment goes awry as Habs jettison winger
8 декабря 2015 года. Cowan, Stu. Montreal Gazette

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin knew he was taking a gamble when he signed Alexander Semin to a one-year, $1.1-million free-agent contract during the summer.

That gamble didn't pay offand the Canadiens placed the 31-yearold forward - who had become a healthy scratch - on waivers Monday after he scored only one goal and added three assists in 15 games.

Bergevin signed Semin after the Carolina Hurricanes decided to buy out the final three seasons of his five-year, $35-million contract. Semin had only six goals in 57 games last season for the Hurricanes, who are paying him $14 million spread over six years not to play for them.

Semin was picked by the Washington Capitals in the first round (13th overall) at the 2002 NHL entry draft and had six consecutive seasons scoring at least 20 goals, including a career-high 40 in 2009-10.

He signed a one-year, $7-million deal with the Hurricanes before the start of the 2012-13 season and after scoring eight goals and adding 22 assists in his first 30 games in Carolina was given the five-year extension. It has been downhill ever since for him.

Semin suffered a lower-body injury on Nov. 25 during a game against the New York Rangers, but returned to practice last week. His compete level has been questioned and he has had trouble keeping up in the new fast-paced NHL.

When Bergevin was asked this summer, at a news conference in Boston to promote the New Year's Day Winter Classic, what led him to sign the enigmatic Semin, the GM said: "He's high skilled ... he brings something that not a lot of players do have. Obviously, things didn't go his way in Carolina. He's going to have a chance to prove that he is a player that he once was and he's still young at 31 years of age. So we hope he'll bring his skill and his compete level to Montreal."

That obviously didn't happen. If Semin clears waivers the Canadiens can send him down to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps.

After a day offon Sunday, the Canadiens only did off-ice workouts Monday in Brossard as they prepare to play the Boston Bruins Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Coach Michel Therrien did not speak to the media.

The Canadiens will return to the ice for practice Tuesday morning in Brossard. After Wednesday's game, the Canadiens will immediately head to Detroit, where they play the Red Wings Thursday night. The Ottawa Senators will visit the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

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