Friday, July 27, 2007

Sharks sign Alexei Semenov

The San Jose Sharks made their first dip into free agency Friday (unless you count signing Brad Norton as a dip), signing journeyman defenseman Alexei Semenov, most recently of the Florida Panthers. In 156 NHL games, the Russian has scored 5 goals, netted 16 assists and is +6 with 156 penalty minutes. I'd like to offer analysis, but I really don't know much about this guy. He's never played more than 46 games in an NHL season and was on a perpetual bus to Rochester for a large part of his tenure with the Panthers.

He should slot in as the Sharks' 7th defenseman and will likely see very little ice time (unless it's with Worcester) unless injuries crop up or Rob Davison plays like utter crap, both of which are significant possibilities. Of course, this Semenov business is overshadowing the real story here -- the Sharks actually signed someone with (remote) NHL abilities! While it may be 26 days too late for some, including this blogger, San Jose put pen to paper at long last. You can tell it's been quite an offseason when signing Alexei Semenov constitutes an event.

1 comment:

Jesse said...

That's a pretty long bus ride.