Wednesday, September 30, 2009

As Expected ...

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Alexei Semenov.

Semenov, 28, skated in 47 games with San Jose last season, registering one goal and eight points, along with 57 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in games played, assists (seven) and points. In addition, Semenov skated in his 200th career NHL game on March 7 at Vancouver.

The 6-6, 245-pounder has skated in 211 career regular season contests with the Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks, recording seven goals and 26 assists for 33 points, along with 249 penalty minutes. In 2003-04, Semenov represented Edmonton at the NHL All-Star Weekend as a participant in the NHL YoungStars Game, registering one assist in the contest. As a rookie in 2002-03, Semenov notched his first NHL assist on January 20 at Calgary and tallied his first NHL goal on February 7 against Calgary.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Semenov skated in 158 career OHL contests over three seasons with the Sudbury Wolves, registering 30 goals and 80 assists for 110 points, along with 269 penalty minutes. He captured the Max Kaminsky Trophy, as the most outstanding defenseman as voted by the OHL general managers, following the 2000-01 season.

The Murmansk, Russia native was originally Edmonton’s second round choice, 36th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Wow, Glen Sather signing a Glen Sather draft pick. What a surprise. Semenov has showed some skills during the preseason but has also shown just how bad he can be. He will be fine for a seventh defenseman but I have a bad feeling that he will become Igor Ulanov and end up as a hated part of the regular rotation. At least he comes cheaper than Ulanov did; Gross says one year, just over 500k. Still, he isn't a defenseman opposing coaches have to plan against ...


NYR34 said...

Let's hope he stays a seventh defenseman in every sense of the term, in that case.

I cringed at the flame war going on a few posts back too. It started reminding me of the worst of Puck Daddy fiascos. All that was missing was the obligatory Bubba Banjo weirdness.

Anonymous said...

If he actually uses his size, instead of lumbering around like Malik, then I think fans would be happy with him even if his play wasn't the greatest.

Anonymous said...

Well that lasted long.