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Semin Prepares To Hit The UFA Market

from Craig Custance of ESPN The Magazine,

There’s change coming to the Washington Capitals this summer and it’s not just their head coach. Barring a complete change of heart, forward Alexander Semin won’t be back in Washington next season. According to Semin’s agent Mark Gandler, the skilled forward has no intentions of signing a contract extension with the Capitals and plans on becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“It was good while it lasted. With the lack of playoff success, with the direction they are going. They decided to change directions. That’s within their rights. Alex doesn’t fit into that system obviously,” Gandler told ESPN the Magazine. “It just doesn’t make any sense to him. He plays, he did the best he could under the circumstances and he earned his right to be a free agent.”

Gandler said the strong priority for the Russian native is to play in the NHL rather than in the KHL next season and at 28 years old Semin would prefer to play somewhere his role is being expanded, including time on the penalty kill, rather than diminished.

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SYF's avatar

I think the Red Wings ears just perked up.  If not Suter, Weber, nor Parise, he just might be the next best thing.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/14/12 at 08:41 PM ET

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Semin on the PK?
Wow.  Talk about unrealistic.

Posted by Ben Desjardins on 05/14/12 at 09:14 PM ET

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The thought of him playing on Dat’s wing is so tantalizing.  But after watching him in the playoffs these past years, I wonder if he has the heart and determination to actually succeed in the playoffs.

Posted by Crow on 05/14/12 at 09:50 PM ET

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The thought of him playing on Dat’s wing is so tantalizing.  But after watching him in the playoffs these past years, I wonder if he has the heart and determination to actually succeed in the playoffs.

Posted by Crow on 05/14/12 at 07:50 PM ET

That might be a little unfair after watching him this year.  The guy actually looked like he was giving pretty good effort on defense and made some really nice shot blocks and looked good on the back check.  That said, I think the only way he ends up in Detroit is if he doesn’t get the kind of long term huge contract he’s looking for, and signs a 1 year deal with Detroit to prove himself, and assuming the Wings strike out big time on Suter and Parise.  Don’t see it happening though, some desperate GM on the verge of losing his job if his team misses the playoffs this year is going to sign him to a massive deal hoping it works, and if if doesn’t what does he care, he’ll be fired anyways.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 05/14/12 at 11:08 PM ET

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Semin alongside Crosby or Malkin would be deadly. Semin should take a lower salary if he wants to be on a good team, not to mention he had like 50 points in the season

Posted by Joe on 05/15/12 at 12:41 AM ET

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The problem i see in terms of the Wings going after him, is that this year, he basically put up Jiri Hudler numbers at more than double the cap hit. 

I wonder how low he’s willing to go.  He could be a decent deal if you knew you were getting 09/10 Semin.

Posted by jwad on 05/15/12 at 01:54 AM ET

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Detroit seems like a good fit for him.  What a PP they would have.

Posted by 13 user names on 05/15/12 at 02:02 AM ET

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I think Semin at Detroit would work because Datsyuk would be a much better guy to have on his side than Ovechkin, from a maturity/work ethic standpoint.

One concern is Semin rarely plays more than 70 games a season. He’s good for 55pts. His salary would have to come down to $4MM-$5MM for that type of production. But I think he could turn his game around in Detroit. Sign him for 1-2 years at $4.5MM and let him prove himself.

I’d rather have Parise at $7MM, but if he’s not around, Semin at $4-$5MM wouldn’t be bad. Maybe he could even learn to play D in Detroit.

Posted by awould on 05/15/12 at 03:08 PM ET

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