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What To Pay Semin?

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

Goal scoring in the NHL is down, the thin free agent market is depleted of top offensive talent, and the trade market seems frozen, so one name in particular stands out: unrestricted free agent Alexander Semin. Theoretically at least, he could be the solution to some team’s scoring woes, but there he sits by the phone, waiting for his agent Marc Gandler to tell him which club wants to sign a supremely talented 28-year-old who has put up seasons of 38, 34 and 40 goals during his NHL career. His numbers are comparable to Zach Parise’s, but no one is throwing a 13-year contract worth $98 million at Semin. Not even close.

Semin is coming off a $6.7 million one-year deal after another one-year contract worth $6 million.  You’d think he’s set up for something with a longer term, but no NHL team, apparently, wants to give him it to him. And it’s quite doubtful that anyone wants to pay him close to what he had been making with the Washington Capitals.

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NIVO's avatar

I still want to say 6 mil/2-yrs. If he takes a dump(which i dont think he will) in the 2nd year, he gets thrown on the trade block. Make some adjustments with trades/prospects and get Yandle. This guy in my opinion DOES want to prove himself. Having a fellow russian on the team would indeed help with Datsyuk. We got money and we are squandering a chance here. If we dont get him before Sept. someone will. And instead of the biscuit in the basket for us, its against us. There isnt anyone left as a UFA with his scoring ability. Datsyuk is the carrot. Lets see if this rabbit bites.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 07/12/12 at 08:05 PM ET

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This guy in my opinion DOES want to prove himself. Having a fellow russian on the team would indeed help with Datsyuk.

I’ll be honest, I don’t see any evidence to support either of these claims.

Posted by Garth on 07/12/12 at 08:29 PM ET

awould's avatar

I am optimistic with Semin, but wouldn’t want to see $6MM on him, unless it was just 1 year.

Posted by awould on 07/12/12 at 08:34 PM ET

Jordan_NOHS's avatar

If Hudler can get 4M and Jagr can get 4.5M then Semin is a no-brainier at 6M. The guy is 28 and can score 40 with a setup man like Datsyuk

Posted by Jordan_NOHS from Detroit, MI on 07/12/12 at 10:25 PM ET

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