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Alex Semin on unconditional waivers to terminate deal with Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens have placed Alexander Semin on unconditional waivers for mutual termination of his contract. Mutual termination of his deal could mean Semin's NHL career is over, at least for now.

31-year-old's NHL career could be over

The Canadiens on Wednesday placed winger Alexander Semin on unconditional waivers for mutual termination of his contract. Mutual termination of his deal could mean Semin's NHL career is over, at least for now. Semin, who cleared waivers on Tuesday, was a frequent healthy scratch this season and posted just four points in 15 games for Montreal. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Alexander Semin's time in Montreal is over, and his NHL career may not be far behind.

The Canadiens placed the Russian winger on unconditional waivers Wednesday for the purposes of mutually terminating his contract.

The move to put him on unconditional waivers came a day after Semin cleared regular waivers. The Habs were not expected to assign him to the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Agent Mark Gandler told The Canadian Press via phone Wednesday that he had no immediate comment on Semin's plans.

On Tuesday, it was reported Gandler was looking for a European team to offer a contract to Semin, preferably from the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia

Semin's contract was worth $1.1 million for this season.

Frequent healthy scratch

The 31-year-old has been a frequent healthy scratch this season and posted just four points in 15 games for the Canadiens, who signed the Russian winger for one year after the Carolina Hurricanes bought out the final three years of his contract that paid Semin $7 million annually.

Semin broke into the NHL in 2006 with Washington and scored 38 goals and 73 points in 77 games in his rookie season of 2006-07.

After dipping to 26 goals and 42 points in 63 contests with a minus-18 rating the following season, Semin had his most productive campaign two years later with 40 goals and 84 points in 73 games to go with a plus-36 rating.

He earned as much as $6.7 million annually from Washington before the Capitals let him walk as a free agent in the summer of 2012.

The Hurricanes signed Semin to a one-year, $7-million, contract, and his 44 points in 44 games during the lockout-shortened 2013 season got him a five-year, $35-million contract. Semin lasted two of those seasons before new Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis bought out the rest.

In 650 career regular-season games, Semin had 239 goals and 278 assists.

With files from CBCSports.ca

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