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Semin leaves hometown team, signs with KHL’s Torpedo

Oct 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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Remember when Alexander Semin‘s lockout plan was to suit up for his hometown team in the KHL’s second division? Yeah, about that…

Sport-Express’ Slava Malamud reports Semin terminated his deal with that team and signed on to play with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL’s top division. Semin’s contract with his hometown team was one that didn’t pay him anything so severing ties with them isn’t too big a deal.

Semin will join up with Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov at Torpedo giving them two of their three allotted NHL players during the lockout. In case you forgot, Semin was supposed to play for the Carolina Hurricanes this season after signing a one-year deal with the team.

  1. bcsteele - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    I must say, with all of the threats of staying in Russia (whether there’s any substance to it or not), Semin, especially with this move, would be the least surprising to stay in my view. I know he just signed his deal with Carolina, but if you can get someone over there to bite on a good paying contract for him when he hasn’t really found his game for years…wouldn’t surprise me if he takes his trade elsewhere.

    Hell players like he and Ovi probably excel in their playing style over there…

  2. jrocknstuff - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    It wouldn’t be the first time with him. The year after the lockout ended Semin stayed in Russia even though he had a great rookie season with the Caps the year before the lockout. It took until Ovechkin’s second season to convince Semin to come back.

    • rsl22 - Oct 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      That’s not quite accurate.

      Semin had a contract in Russia that he left to go play in the NHL. When he got back during the lockout, they told him he’d never be able to play in Russia or in the Olympics ever again if he didn’t fulfill his last year.

      • siberia06 - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        Russians must do military duty, which can actually be completed by playing for a professional hockey team. Semin was required to complete his KHL contract in order to complete his military duty.

  3. windmiller4 - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    wow, semin quits and goes somewhere that pays him more, couldn’t see this one coming

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      And people don’t do that everyday in the real world haha? Let’s not be hypocritical here.

    • rsl22 - Oct 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      And by “pays him more,” you mean “pays him.”

      I wouldn’t risk injury playing for free. He gave the hometown fans a few weeks for free. What a selfish Russian jerk!

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