The Montreal Canadiens have come to terms with free agent forward Alexander Semin on a one-year, $1.1 million deal. The former 40-goal scorer had recently hit an all-time career low becoming a consistent healthy scratch for the Carolina Hurricanes and ultimately was bought out of his contract. Last season he scored just 6 goals in 57 games.
This is essentially a low-risk, high-reward signing that even I wrote last week they may do in an effort to help generate more offense. Montreal has relied too much on their top line to score and this will hopefully be the spark that can re-ignite Semin’s career. These types of signings aren’t all too uncommon either. Last year the Nashville Predators took a chance on former Canadian Mike Ribiero, who had been bought out of his contract in Arizona, and it worked out great for Nashville. This year Nashville is attempting another reclamation project in signing the recently bought out Cody Hodgson. Essentially teams can sign veteran players with good pedigrees or track records for entry-level type of money in hopes of catching a player on the comeback.
I actually like this signing for Montreal even though Semin went from an elite sniper to a plug in a flash. It’s a chance worth taking for them. The biggest knock on Semin is his work ethic. If he’s not interested, he’s not contributing because he is very much a one-dimensional offensive player. It’ll be interesting to see how this works out. I can’t see it going well. Personally, I think Adam McQuaid puts him in the 3rd row with a hip check and we don’t see much of him the rest of the season.