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by Paul on 11/11/05 at 10:29 AM ET
Semin's U.S.-based agent, Mark Gandler, who has very close ties with the Russian hockey community, was ordered not to help the 21-year-old find a new team when a temporary restraining order was granted a week ago. But according to an interview with Semin in the Moscow newspaper Sports Express, Gandler is assisting the player in his effort to find a spot on another roster. The Russian league is currently on hiatus so players can compete in a tournament. "Who is working to find you a team in Russia?" the paper asked Semin. "The same agent, Mark Gandler," the paper quotes him as responding. Semin's rights in Russia have been acquired by Khimik, another Super League team, and it expects the player to report once play resumes. "I'm expecting a lot of things, too, [that] doesn't mean they are going to happen," the player said. Semin then suggested in the interview that he was prevented from returning to the United States by someone in Russia, where, he maintains, he is still serving a military obligation.
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