Alexander Semin is a forward without a team after the Carolina Hurricanes bought out the remainder of his contract. The move will be one which lingers with the Hurricanes for quite some time as they’ll carry a cap hit of just over $2.3 million through 2020-21, but Semin’s future is far more uncertain. Some reports indicated “several” teams are interested in his services, but no teams have been named. The KHL rumor has also been floated out there.
Igor Eronko, a Russian writer, has apparently spoken with Semin’s agent and he shed some light on what Semin is looking for in a new contract.
Semin's agent says Alexander is ok with a 1-year deal for now. Refuses to talk about an option of the #KHL
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) July 5, 2015
A one-year deal would make Semin attractive to just about any NHL squad, but his 19-point performance in 57 games in 2014-15 is difficult to ignore. However, his 22-goal effort in 2013-14 may still be fresh enough for at least a few GMs to take a stab at pitching a one-year contract.
Semin has consistently struggled to live up to his paychecks, but now he could be labeled as an interesting buy-low candidate.
The KHL may not be a priority for Semin right now, but it might be should a team in the KHL make an offer he can’t refuse. Coming off of a contract which paid $7 million annually, Semin will be getting a drastic cut in pay should he remain in the NHL.