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08:18 AM ET 09.26 | Turns out while many thought his price was too steep in the NHL, Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin will come at a bargain in Russia. Semin will play for free while at Siberian team Sokol Krasnoyarsk, which plays in Russia's second-tier VHL league rather than the top-level KHL. "I'm proud that the opportunity's emerged for me to play for my hometown club," Semin said on the VHL website. This club is where my hockey life started and so I'll feel extremely good to wear a Sokol jersey. I'm happy that my relatives, friends and fans will be able to come to matches I'm playing in." Semin will play as No. 28 while at Sokol, the same number he wore at his former team the Washington Capitals.

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September 26, 2012  08:52 AM ET

WGAF!!!

September 26, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Better headline

"Semin sighting in Sokol"

September 26, 2012  09:14 AM ET

What's the big deal? Women have been getting free Semin forever.

September 26, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Funny... he never earned a penny in years, and now he plays for free.

September 26, 2012  09:23 AM ET

I want to say good for him, he can't possibly need the money...but that is tempered by the fact that he is taking a job from someone that really DOES need the work/money

September 26, 2012  09:47 AM ET

I have to wonder if he is playing in the VHL because nobody in the KHL wanted him

September 26, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What's the big deal? PM has been getting free Semin forever.

fixed

September 26, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I want to say good for him, he can't possibly need the money...but that is tempered by the fact that he is taking a job from someone that really DOES need the work/money

exactly Spiny....and he's never been worth the money they been paying him anyway!!

September 26, 2012  10:04 AM ET

I can only imagine how wonderfully his agent received the news

September 26, 2012  10:19 AM ET

The Mods wrote that headline on purpose.

September 26, 2012  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What's the big deal? Women have been getting free Semin forever.

And who pays...and pays:)

September 26, 2012  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The Mods wrote that headline on purpose.

I am just waiting for a "Semin explodes onto VHL scene" headline

September 26, 2012  12:16 PM ET

Money for nothing, plays for free.

Sort of a yin and yang thing.

September 26, 2012  02:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Funny... he never earned a penny in years, and now he plays for free.

LOL! You speak the truth.

September 26, 2012  03:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Money for nothing, plays for free.Sort of a yin and yang thing.

There's a Dire Straits song in there somewhere.

September 26, 2012  04:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Money for nothing, plays for free.

Dire Straights reference?

September 26, 2012  04:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

There's a Dire Straits song in there somewhere.





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September 26, 2012  04:55 PM ET

this article nicely summarizes why the owners are in this mess in the first place.

http://nhl-red-light.si.com/2012/09/25/how-much-blame-do-nhl-owners-deserv e/

if I was an owner of one of the "have" franchises, I'd be seriously PO'd with these donuts!

 
September 26, 2012  05:42 PM ET
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That's the one. I've never gotten tired of the video, either. Thanks for posting it.

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