SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Alexei Semenov to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Semenov, 26, started the 2006-07 season playing for Ufa Salavat Yulayev in Russia where he posted three points (one goal, two assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 23 games. He then appeared in 23 games for the Florida Panthers, registering five assists and 28 penalty minutes. He also played in four games for Rochester (AHL).
The four-year veteran has played in 142 NHL games, posting five goals, 16 assists and 156 penalty minutes for Edmonton and Florida. In addition to his NHL totals, Semenov has posted nine goals and 14 assists and 125 penalty minutes in 122 AHL games with Hamilton and Rochester and 30 goals and 80 assists and 269 penalty minutes in 159 Ontario Hockey League games with Sudbury.
The six-foot-six, 235-pound native of Murmansk, Russia was originally selected by Edmonton in the second round (36th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Semenov played in the 2003-04 NHL YoungStars game representing Edmonton.
TWO FORMER SHARKS SIGN WITH BLACKHAWKS General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Chicago Blackhawks have signed former Sharks defenseman Jim Fahey and former Sharks goaltender Wade Flaherty.
Jim Fahey, 28 was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 8th round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He played parts of three season for the Sharks registering 24 points (1-23=24) and 65 penalty minutes in 43 games. During the 2003-04 postseason, Fahey appeared in two Sharks playoff games but did not score.
In his NHL career, Fahey has appeared in 92 games scoring one goal to go along with 24 assists for 25 points with 67 penalty minutes.
Last season, Fahey split time between the New Jersey Devils and Lowell in the American Hockey League. He appeared in 13 games for the Devils last year and had one assist and two penalty minutes. He also played in 28 games for Lowell and had nine assists with 37 penalty minutes.
Flaherty, 39, was originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft and was later signed as a free agent by the Sharks on September 3, 1991. Over the course of five seasons, Flaherty appeared in 53 games for the Sharks.
In his NHL career, Flaherty has appeared in 120 games with a record of 27-56-9 with 5 shutouts and a goals against average of 3.51. He also has appeared in seven career playoff games posting a record of 2-3 with a 4.93 goals against average.
Last season Flaherty played for the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League appearing in 32 games and posting a record of 17-9-2 with 2 shutouts, a 2.42 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.