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Report: KHL club “ready to open talks” with Semin

Jun 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 2: Alexander Semin #28 of Washington Capitals skates during warmups before Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers on May 2, 2012 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

According to Russian news outlet Sports.ru, SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL is set to begin contract talks with Washington Capitals forward Alex Semin.

The former 40-goal scorer is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has indicated his time in Washington is over. While reports have suggested Semin’s desire is to remain in the NHL, a recent interview with Sport-Express suggested playing in the KHL is also a viable option:

Question: “Is there any clarity on where your career will resume in the next season?”

Semin: “I can’t say anything concrete at this time. I’m waiting for July 1st, until the negotiations in the NHL open, for now I am unemployed.”

Question: “Are your priorities in Russia or North America?”

Semin: “I can’t answer. I don’t know.”

SKA general manager Alexei Kasatonov — who played nearly 400 games in the NHL with New Jersey, Anaheim, St. Louis and Boston — had previously told Sports-Express that his club plans to pursue Semin when the free agency window opens.

It’ll be interesting to see how negotiations play out. Recent days have seen a flurry of NHLers depart for the KHL — Erik Christensen, Sami Lepisto, Curtis Sanford — though none with the star power and talent level of Semin, who has averaged 31 goals per season since the lockout.

Of note, SKA is home to a number of ex-NHLers including Maxim Afinogenov, Vitaly Vishnevski, Dmitri Kalinin, Denis Grebeshkov and Petr Prucha.

  1. mianfr - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    A Petr Prucha sighting!

  2. acieu - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Das Vadanya

  3. stakex - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Well just because they want to talk with Semin, doesn’t mean he will actually end up in Russia next year. With that said, it certainly would not be a shock if he does split for the KHL.

    First of all, Semin would almost certainly be the best player in the KHL… which means he would command a huge contract to play there. Thats something he will not get in the NHL. His heart and desire have been questioned for years, and after yet another under achieving post season one has to assume NHL teams will be careful with their checkbook when it comes to Semin. I would say he will see offers in the range of $3-5 million in the NHL, and they will almost certainly be one year deals.

    In the KHL on the other hand, he might see deals two or even three times that big. Not only would he be a top player in the KHL, and a huge fan draw, but his contract would also not count against the cap of the team that signed him being a player returning from the NHL. So a KHL team could add perhaps the best player in the league to their roster without adding to their cap…. I think a rich team will make him a HUGE offer that he won’t see in the NHL.

  4. capsrockva - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    They can have him. He commits too many stupid ass penalties anyway

  5. donjean - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Caps may be falling apart, looks like rats leaving a sinking ship

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