News: Semenov Will Not Join Rangers

Update 11:35AM: Andrew Gross, on twitter, says that Semenov will not be a member of the Rangers for this season and the search for a seventh defenseman will continue.

Gross updates by saying that Semenov told Glen Sather that he couldn’ talk his family into playing in New York for the Rangers.

Original Post:Buzz: Semenov Deal Not Worked Out? Russia Instead?: On Wednesday night it appeared that the Rangers had signed defenseman Alexei Semenov to a one year deal worth $600,00.

They sent out a press release, after the jump, and Semenov even spoke to reporters.

Then yesterday, news started to trickle out that there was a snag in the contract.

Semenov’s agent Allan Walsh, confirmed the signing on twitter, yet the tweet seems to have been deleted since then.

The issue was thought to be resolved and Semenov joined the Rangers on their trip to Pittsburgh today.

Today at practice, Steve Zipay noted that Semenov was watching the Penguins practice from the stand with Rangers GM Glen Sather.

Semenov then told Zipay that “I’d love to be here, but don’t know if it’s going to work out,” he told Newsday.

Larry Brooks, of the New York Post, says that Semenov is weighing the Rangers deal against one from the KHL.

The Rangers have not called up another defenseman and seem like they will go with the six of Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy.

…Weird wild stuff going on with this. It seems like such an easy thing to hammer out, a one year deal worth $600,000, but obviously there is more to this than meets the eye.

Monzo: Without speaking for everyone who works on this blog, Ranger fans and readers of the blog regarding this….what the hell is going on?




New York, September 30, 2009 – 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.