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by Paul on 11/08/10 at 03:01 PM ET
from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,
Two factors - Semin’s asking price and his post-season performance - will determine the Russian’s future in Washington.
If Semin has another 80-plus point season, he will command up to $8 million per season on the open market. Although, as countryman Ilya Kovalchuk discovered last summer, the market for a top talent is limited given the high number of teams with little cap space, a reality that isn’t going to change next summer.
Semin may be forced to choose between pursuing big bucks on the open market and accepting less per season on a long-term contract to stick with a Stanley Cup contender.
But he must have a much better performance in the 2011 playoffs compared to the past two springs.
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