Every year it seems, Marc Bergevin takes a flyer. Sometimes they work out, as it did with Tomas Fleischmann and to some extent Manny Malhotra last season. Other times it doesn’t work at all, like defenseman Bryan Allen in 2014 and now Alexander Semin.
The Canadiens placed Semin on waivers Monday. With the arrival of Sven Andrighetto it was evident that his days in Montreal were numbered.
Semin appeared in 15 of the Canadiens 28 games, was a healthy scratch eight times and finished up his brief Montreal career with five games on the injury list.
It was clear that even when he played Canadiens coach Michel Therrien didn’t trust his effort. In three of his last four Canadiens games he averaged less than ten minutes ice time.
Chances of Semin being claimed are slim. Sadly, his reputation is now that of a hockey burnt-out-case with neither the physical or the mental ability to compete at the NHL level at the age of 32. Washington made Semin a first round draft pick in 2002 and he had three seasons of 30 goals or more with the Capitals including best season in 2009-10 whe scored 40 goals and totaled 84 points.
Semin was signed to a one-year 1.1 million dollar contract. In 15 games he had one goal and three assists. Andrighetto, who will probably continue to take his place in the lineup, has two goals in six games since his recall November 20th.
From the Canadiens standpoint they could opt to give him is release and eat the remainder of his contract or they can assign him to the IceCaps which would save cap space since 950 thousand of the 1.1 million one way contract would not be charged to the salary cap while he is in the minors. Whether Semin would even consider riding the buses in the AHL at this stage of his hockey life is also a question.