Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/28/11 at 02:27 PM ET
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
To many who don’t watch the Caps a lot, it might be easy to believe that Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin are the Big Three, particularly after Semin chimed in with a 40-goal season a year ago. But that’s far from the case. In fact, Leaf fans who don’t much like the way Phil Kessel plays would find a lot of similarities between Kessel and Semin, particularly the way in which they prefer the periphery to those angry, messy areas much closer to the net, which contributies to the streakiness of each player. There are a lot of players like that in the league, and it’s the ones like Semin who play in markets where there isn’t a great deal of media scrutiny who fare the best. Put Semin on the Leafs and Kessel on the Caps and you’d see them perceived in very very different ways.
Semin’s competitive reputation took a huge hit with his dreadful performance in the playoffs last spring against Montreal, and he hadn’t scored in 14 games this season before being knocked to the sideline with an injury this season.
So how does that player get $6.7 million for next year, a bump up from $6 mil’ this season?
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