“He agreed, his agent agreed, but his wife didn’t,” Sather said. “He couldn’t talk his family into it. In all my years of dealing with players, I’ve never had that happen before. He was crying.” Before Sather’s comments, Semenov, whose wife lives in Russia, told Newsday that he “would love to be here, but I don’t think it’s going to work out.” Asked if he might play in Russia’s KHL, he said, “Maybe, we’ll see.”
Apparently this type of thing doesn’t just happen to the Edmonton Oilers.