Semin scratched again; will the Habs need to make a trade?


The Montreal Canadiens seem to be losing their bet on Alex Semin.

Semin will be a healthy scratch tonight versus Arizona. And here’s the kicker: he’ll be replaced on the right side of the second line by a guy who was previously centering the fourth line.

Torrey Mitchell, 30, has never scored more than 10 goals in a season, but in the eyes of coach Michel Therrien, he’s a better option with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk than Semin.

“Part of our job is to try to find a solution from within our group,” said Therrien, per the Montreal Gazette. “I really like the way Torrey was playing in his role, but he’s capable of playing the right side. He has a lot of speed and he has the respect of his teammates because he plays the right way.”

Semin has one goal and two assists in 12 games, with just 14 shots total. Just about the only thing he’s been doing lately is unnecessarily putting his team shorthanded. (Caps fans: try to contain your surprise.)

Anyway, feel free to come up with some trade ideas, because this may be an area the Canadiens need to address before the deadline.

I’ve come up with one: