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Alexander Semin has deal to play in KHL for remainder of season

Friday, December 11, 2015 9:35:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Assuming he goes unclaimed on waivers on Thursday -- and since he already passed through waivers unclaimed once this week, that seems likely -- Alexander Semin seems poised to make a move to the KHL.

According to TSN's Frank Seravelli, Semin's agent confirmed that he has a deal in place to play the remainder of the season with the KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk. It's worth wondering if we have seen the last of Semin as an NHL player.

The Canadiens initially placed him on waivers on Monday. After he went unclaimed they attempted to assign him to their AHL team in St. Johns. When Semin would not report there, they placed him on unconditional waivers on Wednesday for the purposes of terminating his contract.

Semin has been a polarizing player for his entire career. He's scored 40 goals in the NHL, but has been a constant target for criticism due to his work ethic on the ice and commitment to playing defense. He's been a free agent twice in the past four years and had to settle for one year contracts both times. After signing a one-year deal in Carolina for the 2012-13 season he played well enough to earn a five-year contract from the team. That deal was bought out this past summer with three years remaining on it.

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