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The Future Of UFA To-Be Alexander Semin

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.

more plus other names mentioned in trade rumors…

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landsharkhockey's avatar

We’re most likely seeing Semin’s last season in Washington either way.  He’s not the type of player to take a home-town discount, and the Caps can’t afford another big ticket salary.

Posted by landsharkhockey on 11/08/10 at 03:11 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Hard to disagree with Spector because he’s right so damn often… but $8 million for this guy seems way over the top. I just can’t believe any GM would look at him and see an $8 player, especially not when we’re talking about Stamkos possibly staying in TB for that, or even a little less, when he’s twice the player.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 11/08/10 at 03:19 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

I dunno enough about Semin or his agent to say he’d demand $8 million/season, but if that were the case, wouldn’t interested parties look and see what happened with New Jersey/Kovulchuck fiasco before they make any quick decisions in this economic environtment? Of course GM’s like Sather, Burke, Lamirello are the exception.

If Stamkos is the measuring stick, then maybe teams interested in Semin would wait till Stamkos deal was done. Any other high profile players need a contract this year?

Posted by TheFreak on 11/08/10 at 05:38 PM ET


I didn’t read the article. However, no GM is going to shell out $8M per right now, even if the cap is bumped up a couple of million next season. Unless, there’s a team that would like to sign him for a single season at that, but the current CBA expires after next season ( I think). Perhaps a Colorado…

Semin is a very similar player to Kovy, anything >$7.0M is too much for a lop-sided(offensively) forward. Ridiculous hands, quick release, but defense is nowhere as equal. Kovy might be a little better defensively, but Semin is a better dangler.

Posted by Jesters Dead on 11/08/10 at 07:26 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

Would love to see Semin in Detroit.  But for like $6M.  If Nick retires and Semin becomes UFA I think Kenny makes a hard run at him, especially with this years very week FA market.

1st line Zetterberg/Datsyuk/Semin?  Yes please.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 11/08/10 at 08:46 PM ET

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