(Source: CBSSports.com) – The Alexander Semin experiment has not worked in Montreal, and it seems to be on the verge of coming to an end. After being a healthy scratch for most of the Canadiens’ first 28 games, the team placed the veteran forward on waivers on Monday. He has appeared in just 15 games this season and hasn’t played since Nov. 25 when he played just a little more than five minutes against the New York Rangers. In three of the last four games he has played he failed to top 10 minutes in ice-time.
Shocking! Alexander Semin has been put on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens. His 1 goal in 15 games just wasn’t quite enough to save his job. You could see this coming from however many miles away his former teams in Washington D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina are from Montreal. How did I feel about him joining Montreal back in the summer? My take the day he signed with the Habs: “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.”
To be fair to the Habs, I liked that they took a chance on Semin. I thought it was worth the low $1.1 million risk they paid. I thought he’d have ample opportunity to get his game going playing with guys like Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, and P.K. Subban. I really thought that if he had any hope of finding his game again Montreal would be the place. But I didn’t think he could do it.
So instead he’s on waivers today. I can’t see any NHL general manager bothering to pick him up. My guess right now is he’s going to be in the KHL before we know it. He’s a one-dimensional offensive player that is designed for top-6 forward minutes. There’s no room for him anywhere to play that role and he doesn’t possess the skill anymore. And if you put him in a bottom-6 role he’s even more useless.
Good for the Habs for at least taking a shot on him. And even better for them for knowing when to end the experiment. They’re still in 1st place in the division, with a solid team, and have time to work on filling a top wing position they so desperately need to resolve.
And no, the Bruins should not pick him up. Ever.