Getty ImagesAlexander Semin has one of the most unfavorable reps in the NHL, whether he deserves it or not. Who can forget Marc Crawford and Pierre McGuire ranting about him and throwing strong words when talking about Semin this summer?
In the last few days, quite a few of his countrymen went to play in Russia while the negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA over a new CBA are ongoing. Semin was linked to a few clubs in the KHL, but decided to take a different route.
On Tuesday morning, the Russian Major Hockey League (a farm league for KHL clubs) announced that Alexander Semin agreed on a contract to play for Sokol, a team based in his home town.
In the press release the team said Semin "will play a few games for Sokol Krasnoyarsk," and will make his debut on Sept. 28.
"I just wanted to be at home a little more. And then the possibility came after the lockout was announced in the NHL. I decided to stay in Krasnoyarsk. That's all. My family was surprised at first, but then became very supporting. Everyone was very happy," he told Pavel Lysenkov of Sovietsky Sport.
"I don't care what anyone says. I made the decision for myself. I am going to play for Sokol. A different question is I don't know how long I will play in Krasnoyarsk."Read More »from Why Alex Semin decided to play virtually for free in Russian minor league during NHL lockout