UPDATE (11:50 am) Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record has reported that Alexei Semenov will not play for the Rangers this season. He says Semenov has told Sather that he couldn’t convince his family on the idea of playing in New York this upcoming season. The Rangers will look elsewhere foe a seventh defenseman.
Reports are now saying that Alexei Semenov, who appeared to agree to a one year $600,000 contract with the Rangers on Wednesday night, is now weighing the possibility of signing with a team in the KHL instead. The russian defenseman who came to camp ona tryout basis flew to Pittsburgh to join the team in preparation for tonight’s opener against the Penguins but watched practice from the stands with GM Glen Sather instead of participating on the ice.
Semenov spoke on the issue this morning saying “I’d love to be here, but don’t know if it’s going to work out”.
Who knows what is holding this contract up but if Semenov would rather return to Russia and play in the KHL, then the Rangers should let him walk and move on.