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by George Malik on 07/21/12 at 10:51 PM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, with the Caroina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford confirming that the Red Wings are anything but alone in the, “If Shane Doan doesn’t sign here, we’re interested in Alex Semin” sweepstakes, and the news that Doan visited the Rangers and Flyers (per Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy) isn’t exactly super fantastic, either…
But with a boatload of CBA uncertainty and one restricted free agent to re-sign in Justin Abdelkader, the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness doesn’t believe that the Wings will waste their cap space by simply trying to out-spend their rivals in attempts to bring a 20-plus goal-scorer to Detroit:
The Wings still need a top-six forward and a top-four defensemen, which there are none left on the open market and therefore a trade may need to be made in order to fill that void.
If Doan decides to remain in Phoenix or chooses another destination to finish his career, Detroit could still make a pitch for Alexander Semin, who remains unsigned three weeks since free agency started.Semin, who has averaged 31 goals over the past six season with the Washington Capitals, would like a long-team deal from a team, but may have to accept something short term, since there is a huge question mark about his commitment.
Former NHL coach Marc Crawford said Semin falls into a category of “complete loser” and has “no character,” while analyst Pierre McGuire continued to pile on, calling the Russian the “ultimate coach killer.”
But the line seems to be forming for Semin, starting with Carolina. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford told the News and Observer that they have expressed interest in Semin, but added they “wouldn’t want to get locked in to anything, because (they’ve) heard all the stories about him.”
Semin, who scored just seven more goals (21) last season than Detroit’s Drew Miller and $5 million more in salary, appears he wants to stay in the NHL or he would have probably taken a more lucrative deal to play in the KHL.
Once Doan finally makes his decision the offers for Semin should start rolling in no matter his reputation and it could begin a bidding war. And if the past practices mean anything, the Wings won’t overpay for a player no matter what.
I hate to use the line because it even annoys me at this point, but as the Wings continue to aggressively pursue every option to improve their team, they’ve still got to sell their “program” to players instead of tossing $6 or $7 million at a player simply because someone else is bidding for said player.
It makes me cringe to say that, mind you, but it’s the truth.
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