The Washington Post

Alexander Semin to play in second-tier Russian league

The Capitals were slated to open the 2012 preseason tonight against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center, but instead it is Day 10 of the NHL’s second lockout in eight years.

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

While the days since the last formal negotiation session (Sept. 12) increases, more and more players agree to play in Europe. On Wednesday, former Capital Alexander Semin joined the group.

According to multiple reports, Semin will play essentially for free with his hometown team of Sokol Krasnoyarsk, which is part of the KHL’s farm league, the VHL. Semin is slated to earn $1,600 (U.S) per month, the VHL minimum, for his services.

Why was Semin willing to play for so little moneyVia Dmitry Chesnokov, Semin told Sovetsky Sport that he wanted to give back to the team and city that helped start his career. He also wanted his 90-year-old grandmother to be able to watch him play, according to Sport-Express.

A few other lockout links:

— English-language Russian news channel RT Sport recently ran a piece on the influx of NHL talent in the KHL, centered around Sunday’s battle between Dynamo Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg — or, as it was billed in Russia, Ovi vs. Kovy.

Check out the full segment below:

— USA Today takes a day-by-day look at everything that has (or hasn’t) happened during the lockout.

— What might the compromise look like whenever the NHL and NHLPA do reach an agreement? The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle takes a look.

— The two sides met Monday to discus 2011-12 revenues, but it didn’t lead to CBA talks.

— While Capitals center Mike Ribeiro said yesterday he’s optimistic this lockout will end quickly, he may be among the minority. Players continue to state that the lockout could last another year. Detroit’s Danny Cleary is the latest.

From the Detroit Free Press:

“I think people don’t think it can go a year,” Danny Cleary said after skating at the Troy Sports Center. “As players, we think it can. Maybe longer.

— Sticking with the Central Division, several Blackhawks voiced their frustration with the lockout. (via the Chicago Tribune)



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