On why he chose the Montreal Canadiens
"I like Montreal. I like this town. I like the fans here. There are good people on this team. It's a good organization." - Alexander Semin— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 24, 2015
Why Montreal? #Habs Semin: "I like Montreal. I like this town. It was Markov, too. He said come to us and help us win a Stanley Cup."— Chantal (@habsgirl4life) July 24, 2015
On the possibility of returning to the KHL this summer:
#Habs Semin says the KHL was not an option for him.— Heather Engel (@engelheather) July 24, 2015
Was the KHL an option? #Habs Semin: "No. I wanted to stay here and play in the NHL. I'm still young, my family likes it here."— Chantal (@habsgirl4life) July 24, 2015
About what went wrong in Carolina:
"I want to try [and start again]. Last season, I had a bad year. I didn't play well. I want to get back to how I can play." - A. Semin— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 24, 2015
What happened last season? #Habs Semin: "I don't know. Surgery in the summer.. I'm moving forward."— Chantal (@habsgirl4life) July 24, 2015
Regarding his potential role with the Habs:
What will your role be? #Habs Semin: "Oh I don't know. You have to ask Marc and Michel."— Chantal (@habsgirl4life) July 24, 2015
"Score goals, win the game. That's it." -Semin on his role with #Habs. Initially deferred to Therrien and Bergevin, but basically nailed it.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) July 24, 2015
The conference call was rather short, and honestly we can't fault him for being more talkative, considering he wasn't speaking in his native tongue.
You can listen to audio of the entire conference call here.