KHL fans will see Aleksandr Semin in action after all. On Friday, the NHL star signed a lockout contract with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod to complete his move from the Russian second division.
Hardly had the NHL lockout started the 28-year-old surprised many by opting to join for free his first team in the VHL, Russia’s equivalent to the AHL in North America. But a player of his talent couldn’t miss out on top-class hockey for long.
After making four appearances for Sokol, where he scored two goals and claimed two assists, he switched to the KHL.
"The player’s decision to pay tribute to the team that brought him up does credit to him," Torpedo president Oleg Kondrashov was quoted as saying by the club’s website.
"But a player of such high level should play in the KHL."
Semin, who will play in the No. 32 jersey, is likely to make his KHL debut on Monday, when his team travels to Magnitogorsk to play against Evgeny Malkin’s Metallurg. He is currently in Krasnoyarsk recovering after flu.
Semin spent seven seasons with the Washington Capitals claiming 408 points in 469 games, before switching to the Carolina Hurricanes for a one-year deal.
Torpedo, who reach the Western Conference semis last year, stand in the middle of the conference with six wins in 13 matches.