Looks like the Alex Semin era in Montreal is coming to an end.
UPDATE: Confirmed, via TSN.
Semin, 31, joined the Habs this season on a one-year, $1 million deal after Carolina made the costly decision to buy out his five-year, $35 million contract.
Montreal GM Marc Bergevin took a low-risk, low-cost gamble on Semin, hoping the change of scenery could help him rediscover some of the form that saw him score a career-high 40 goals for Washington in 2009-10.
It ended up being a losing bet.
Semin has been a healthy scratch on numerous occasions this year and, when he did crack the lineup, showed a penchant for unnecessarily putting his team shorthanded.
All told, Semin had just one goal and four points in 15 games for the Habs.
It remains to be seen what happens next. It’s hard to imagine Semin being stoked about an assignment to AHL St. John’s — assuming he clears waivers — and it’s also hard to imagine him fitting into Montreal’s future plans.
Speaking of what happens next, it’ll be interesting to see if today’s move is a precursor to Montreal addressing its second line.