Alexander Semin planned on being in Raleigh the past few weeks, skating with his new Canes teammates in informal workouts and preparing for the start of training camp, his agent said today.
But uncertainty over the CBA and a pending NHL lockout changed those plans, agent Mark Gandler said. Instead, Semin, who signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Canes in July, will stay in his hometown of Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Gandler said Semin had not signed with a KHL team -- despite media reports the forward would be playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl -- and has no immediate plans to play in the KHL this season. "He wasn't even close to signing," Gandler said.
Gandler said Semin would continue to train and practice with a developmental league team in Krasnoyarsk -- "It's similar to the AHL," he said -- and might play some of the home games.
"He had been training very, very hard with plans on coming to Carolina," Gandler said. "But with little chance of an agreement (on a CBA), we saw no reason for him to make the 17-hour flight and then perhaps leave almost right away to go back.
"The decision was made to wait it out, and sure enough the lockout came upon us. So he'll probably play for the local team and stay in good shape."