Alexander Semin's tenure with the Montreal Canadiens is about to come to an unceremonious end. TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that Semin has been placed on unconditional waivers by the Canadiens, likely for the purpose of terminating his contract.
Semin had previously cleared regular waivers Tuesday after being placed on the wire by the Habs Monday. All 29 other teams passed on him despite him being available essentially for free. The Habs then planned to send Semin to the American Hockey League, however the veteran forward apparently will not report to St. John's.
If this is the end of the road for Semin in the NHL and that seems likely, he finishes his North American pro career with 517 points in 650 NHL games. He spent seven seasons with the Washington Capitals, where he was at his best, topping 35 goals in three separate seasons including his 40-goal campaign in 2009-10.
Semin also spent three seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes before being bought out last summer and earning the one-year, $1.1 million deal with Montreal.
He had four points in 15 games with Montreal this season.