Alexander Semin Lands in Montreal

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After being bought out prior to the opening of free agency window, Alexander Semin had remained on the market for 24 days without much reports of where his hockey career would continue. However, moments ago the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of the 31-year-old Krasnoyarsk native agreeing to a one-year deal for $1.1 million. A low risk move for the Habs can pay off greatly as Semin’s numbers prior to last years fluke season earned him a reputation of being one the better snipers in the NHL today.
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Carolina Hurricanes to Buy Out Alexander Semin

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: An NHL team signs a Russian player to a ridiculous contract only to buy him out within the next three seasons. No it’s not a case of deja vu, instead it has officially become a recurring tradition as the Carolina Hurricanes have announced they will buy out Alexander Semin. You might recall the then 29-year-old Krasnoyarsk native signing a 5-year $35 million extension in 2013 which many thought was too much money for a player described as enigmatic by pundits and fans alike.
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Hurricanes Make it Rain on Semin

Last night, Alexander Semin became a very rich man after the Carolina Hurricanes gave him a 5-year extension worth $35 million. Compared to most sports contracts this makes Semin a pauper, but since this is a hockey blog it’s big deal.
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Comrades of the Night-Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin

It’s rare that we award the ever prestigious comrade of the night award to more than one player but such is the case for Washington’s Alex’s. The Russian duo scored both goals in DC’s opening game tonight as they renewed their hostilities with the New York Rangers to start their quest for the team’s first Stanley Cup. Ovechkin helped knot up the game in the 3rd period when stuffing in Semin’s effort past goalie Henrik Lundqvist for his 21st playoff goal.
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Capitals Sign Semin to One-Year Contract, Again


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Albeit a 1-year deal, Alexander Semin got his contract amidst a contract year. DC’s other Alex inked a new deal earlier today to continue his career in the nation’s capital. Prior to his latest injury (to his hip) Semin was tied in the league for hat-tricks with 3 and finds himself third in scoring on the Caps this year. Semin last signed an extension for $6 million last year and sources claim this year’s is $6.7.
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Russia’s Time to Shine at the Winter Classic


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There’s beating a dead horse and then there is the Alex Ovechkin vs Sidney Crosby rivalry. The NHL’s two biggest stars, rivals on the ice yadda yadda yadda. The league received much criticism when it awarded this year’s Winter Classic (tonight at 8pm NBC) to Washington and Pittsburgh with the Crosby led Pens appearing in their second Classic in the event’s short four year existence.

While the league is doing what’s best to generate interest and revenue by pitting their poster boys against one another outdoors in front of what’s expected to be 67,000 fans it leaves many who have been fans before this new rivalry feeling slightly cheated.
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Geno and Ovie Take to Winter Classic Ice to Most Epic Music Ever/Semin Speaks Kind of

With the NHL’s marquee event outside(no pun intended) of the Stanley Cup just a day away, NHL.com followed both Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin onto the ice at Heinz Field ahead of the team’s first skate outdoors. Thanks to some fantastic editing both players walked onto the ice set to the same music as they made their way outside. Ovechkin would also speak to Alyonka Larionov about the importance of the game in both Russian and English.
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Semin Fined, Escapes Suspension


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As a result of an incident in Washington’s loss to the Avalanche last night, Alexander Semin received a fine from the NHL but escaped any further punishment.  During the second period of Saturday’s game Semin received a 5 minute penalty and a 10 minute misconduct for cross checking John-Michael Liles in the head.
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Comrade of the night-Alexander Semin


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While Artem Anisimov was busy beating the Sabres in overtime and Sergei Bobrovsky was brushing aside 35 shots in Raleigh, Alexander Semin scored his second hat-trick of the season and racked up 5 points against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

All of Semin’s goals would come in the third period, his first tally would come on the powerplay when his wrist shot seemed to pop out off and over Dan Ellis’s shoulder for his 10th goal of the year. His second would come from almost the same spot this time on a slapshot that would ricochet off a defensemen and past Ellis.
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