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Will Money Motivate Semin?

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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Da lil Guy's avatar

One would think cash in hand would be less motivational than the potential for cash down the road.

But since it’s only a one year deal, maybe it’s the best of both worlds?

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 01/28/11 at 01:35 PM ET

blammo's avatar

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 01/28/11 at 03:27 PM ET


Clearly, it’s in his fighting ability. Sure, there are way better fighters in the league, guys who actually know how to throw a punch, but can anybody name a more memorable fight than the Semin/Staal one over the past few years? I can’t. That’s $0.7mil bump for the bongo beater!

Posted by penguinsfan on 01/28/11 at 03:51 PM ET


Semin’s ceiling is above Kessel (Semin can blow a wrister by an unscreened goalie from the blueline, for God’s sake), but where Kessel gets shut down because the leafs have no other viable threats, Semin just doesn’t contribute for long periods of time for inexplicable reasons. He must be mental or something.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/28/11 at 04:22 PM ET

Chris from NOHS's avatar

Cox is obsessed with the caps.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Denver CO on 01/28/11 at 04:56 PM ET


Cox is obsessed with the caps.
Posted by Chris from NOHS from The University of Oxford on 01/28/11 at 02:56 PM ET

Or are the Caps obsessed with Cox?

Posted by NathanBC on 01/28/11 at 04:59 PM ET

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