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Morning Line- Don Waddell On Alexander Semin

“Alexander Semin was a very top-end player in the league when the game was played at a slower pace. It’s now played at such a high level if you can’t skate it’s hard to compete. Alex lost a step and he tried to play on the outside too much because he didn’t have the speed.

“And then he didn’t buy into the culture that our coach (Bill Peters) was trying to get in the locker room. When you go to practice and you have 22 guys doing things the way the coach wants and one who doesn’t, it usually doesn’t end well. … In simple terms, we paid him $14 million to go away. When we talk about ownership, you don’t do that unless you have a commitment to winning and Pete Karmanos certainly has that.”

-Don Waddell, president of the Carolina Hurricanes on Alexander Semin (now with the Canadiens), who was bought out this summer.  Chip Alexander of the News & Observer has more from Waddell on the Hurricanes.

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The Montreal Canadiens Sign Alexander Semin

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added 11:46am, Montreal release is below...

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Will Any NHL Coach Understand Alexander Semin’s Game?

via Shannon Valerio of Hockey VIPs,

Alexander Semin will not be a free agent much longer, according to his agent Mark Gandler.

“We have offers,” he said in an interview with Sovsport.ru. “We are reviewing them, but have not yet made a decision.”

While he did not give any hints as to where those offers might be, he confirmed Semin is only considering options in the NHL and is not interested in returning to Russia any time soon.

“Sasha Semin is 31 years old. He still has a number of years ahead of him,” Gandler said when asked about the likes of Alexei Yashin and Ilya Bryzgalov whose buyouts essentially ended their NHL careers.

“[Semin’s] career can only go up. He is still young. His buyout was under unique circumstances and the (Hurricanes) coach did not understand Sasha’s game.”

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The Carolina Hurricanes Had To Buyout Alexander Semin

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Perhaps flush from his election into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos did something so out of character Tuesday it was earthshaking. He authorized the $14 million buyout of Alexander Semin’s contract.

And just like that, Jim Rutherford’s $35 million mistake became a $28 million mistake, and Semin will have to slouch around somewhere else not scoring goals next season. And the season after that. And the season after that.

Paying a player that much money to go away is not in the Hurricanes’ DNA. In fact, it pretty much represents the opposite of everything Karmanos and the Hurricanes have done over the years, which is to try to operate on a tight budget while other teams throw money at problems.

That’s one measure of how badly the Hurricanes wanted Semin out, wanted him away from their impressionable young players. After trying to find a less expensive solution at the draft – swapping bad contracts, or sending Semin and an asset to a deep-pocketed team that would then pay to buy him out – they were left with no choice.


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Alexander Semin On Unconditional Waivers

via Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Alexander Semin on unconditional waivers Tuesday with the intent of buying out his contract.

Semin was notified of the club’s decision Tuesday, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and he will need to clear waivers at noon Wednesday prior to being bought out.

Semin, 31, signed a five-year, $35 million extension with the Hurricanes in March 2013, and he has three years remaining on his contract.


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Video- Alexander Semin With A Highlight Goal

Alexander Semin shows his offensive talent.


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Dealing With Alexander Semin

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

It appears Bill Peters’ patience is being tested by Alexander Semin.

Peters, the Carolina Hurricanes' first-year coach, on Tuesday made some pointed remarks about Semin, the $7-million-a-year winger who again will be a healthy scratch Tuesday when the Canes host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Semin, who has sat out nine of the past 13 games, has one goal and seven assists in 26 games this season. Peters has said a number of times that Semin needed to be in better physical condition and able to play at an NHL pace, and Semin has gotten in extra skating sessions after practices and morning skates....

Asked Tuesday how frustrating it has been to get so little out of Semin this season, Peters said, "Well, it's not frustrating for me. We just play the guys who dig in and work and play with speed in both directions and play hard. It's not hard."

Peters said he has had several discussions with Semin but said, "Obviously something's not right. Talk is cheap, though, right?...

"I talk about competitive people being in a competitive environment and we want to win. We are playing our best 20 players in order to win hockey players. That's the lineup. It's not hard."

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Garrioch on the Canes, Yandle and…Oshie?

The Carolina Hurricanes earned their first victory of the 2014-15 season in their 9th game, defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-0 on Saturday, and given their issues, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch kicked off his weekly rumor roundup discussing Ron Francis' challenges in attempting to right his sinking ship before it becomes a McDavid-Eichel lottery team:

With four years left at $7 million per-season, the underachieving Alexander Semin was a healthy scratch against the Arizona (don’t call me Phoenix) Coyotes on Saturday. The Canes would love to deal him but there’s no interest.

Naturally, the name of captain Eric Staal is going to be front and centre in all of this because there are several teams interested, not the least of which is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Defenceman Andrej Sekera, who had 44 points last season and is making $2.75 million, will be highly sought after and will easily find a new home.

Garrioch also reports that the Keith Yandle Trade Rumor Mill is sputtering to life, as it usually does at this time of year...

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Bill Peters On Alexander Semin

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Canes coach Bill Peters shut down Semin’s ice time soon after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the forward. After Thursday’s practice, Peters talked more about Semin, whose slow start – no goals, two assists, a minus-seven rating in eight games – mirrors that of the Canes and is a factor in it.

“He’s not moving his feet, not playing with the pace the league is at,” Peters said. “The league is at a very good pace, there’s guys with trap pressure, there’s no time and space, so if you’re not moving your feet you’re going to get caught from behind. If you’re going to make a slow-developing play, guys who were open are going to be covered eventually and everything closes off. So you have to play quicker.”

Asked why Semin had not gotten up to speed, Peters said he wasn’t sure and said he and Semin had discussed the issue.

“We’ve talked. We’ve talked a lot. We’ll see,” he said.

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The Possible Secret Behind The No Tuck Rule

Laughed at for most of the pre-season thus far is the National Hockey League rule against tucking in a jersey.  Deemed a player safety issue the act of tucking in a jersey is now a two-minute delay of game penalty, as Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin found out last night as he became the first player to be assessed a penalty for the infraction.

As many laughed about the new spectacle of games being won or lost based on a penalty for a jersey tuck others have started to speculate about a more profitable meaning behind such a rule.

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Semin Staying In Carolina

added 6:19pm,

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with left wing Alexander Semin on a five-year contract extension. The deal will pay Semin $7 million per season through 2017-18.

“We’re very happy to retain Alex,” said Rutherford. “Alex is an elite player and has been a major contributor to the Hurricanes having a very strong top line.”

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Afternoon Line

“It was tough to lose his scoring ability when he wanted to play, but all in all, I think we’ve been doing well without him.”

“Some nights you didn’t even know if he was gonna come to the rink.  It’s tough to play alongside guys like those because you don’t know what you’re gonna get out of ‘em.”

-Troy Brouwer of the Washington Capitals on Alexander Semin of the Carolina Hurricanes. Semin and the Canes visit Washington tomorrow, read a bit more from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.

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The Other Alexander The Great

from Mark Masters of TSN,

Eric Staal heard the buzz. He heard that Alexander Semin, his new teammate, did not have the work ethic to match his immense skill. He heard the phrases 'coach killer' and 'enigmatic' applied to the 28-year-old. And he didn't know what to believe.  

"I knew he had a ton of skill, obviously, I'd seen him for a lot of years in Washington and he scored a lot of goals against our team, but, a lot of stuff was said about him that, for me, I wasn't going to judge or be opinionated on it until I knew him and met him and got to play with him," the Carolina Hurricanes captain said.

And the early returns have been overwhelmingly positive.

"He has been nothing but great," said Staal. "He's been a great teammate for everyone in this room and the type of guy who competes in practice and in games and that's all you can ask for."


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Semin May Move To The KHL


Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin is close to agreeing a move to KHL team Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod just a week after joining his hometown junior team, Torpedo president Oleg Kondrashov said Thursday.

Semin agreed last week to play for his boyhood team, Sokol Krasnoyarsk, in Russia’s second-tier VHL league during the NHL lockout and has since scored three points in two games.

“We expect that Alexander Semin will join us in the next week,” Kondrashov said in a website statement.

He did not specify why he thought Semin, who is not collecting a salary in Krasnoyarsk, would leave Sokol for Torpedo.

Defenseman Anton Volchenkov of the New Jersey Devils is another target for Torpedo and the team is looking to sign a third NHL player, Kondrashov said.

“We expect Anton Volchenkov at Torpedo this weekend,” he said.

“We’ve got our eyes on one more player from the North American league,” he added.

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Report- Semin Will Play With No Pay In The KHL


Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin has signed for his hometown team in Russia for the NHL lockout.

Semin will play for free while at Siberian team Sokol Krasnoyarsk, which plays in Russia’s second-tier VHL league rather than the top-level KHL.

“I’m proud that the opportunity’s emerged for me to play for my hometown club,” Semin said on the VHL website.


added 9:31am, Not enough coffee for me, it is not the KHL but the VHL, as it says in the story. Sorry for the mistake.

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Carolina Signs Semin For 1 Year, $7M

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with left wing Alexander Semin on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Semin $7 million for the 2012-13 season.

“We have done a lot of research about Alexander, and discussions about his fit with our team have included people at many different levels of our organization, including players, coaches and staff,” said Rutherford. “What’s been clear throughout this process was his commitment to wanting to play in the NHL, and compete against the world’s best players.

“Alexander’s elite skill level and ability to score from the wing fill an important need on the ice, and we hope that a fresh start in Carolina will serve both Alexander and our team well.”

“I’m very happy to be a Carolina Hurricane,” said Semin. “It’s a great fit for me. I look forward to playing with great players, and putting together a winning season.”

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Would The Capitals Think Of Re-Signing Semin

via Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington,

“I’ve never really discussed that sort of thing, whether we’re going to sign someone or not,” Capitals general manager George McPhee said Saturday on the final day of development camp.

“I’d rather not start now. I know that’s not a great answer, but I’ll just stay neutral.”

Asked if he was surprised Semin, who in seven seasons recorded 197 goals and 409 points in 469 games for the Capitals, is still available, McPhee replied, “Not necessarily. It would have to be the right fit for him.”

Semin reportedly has received interest from the Penguins and Hurricanes but apparently is holding out for a two-year deal in the $10 million range.

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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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Sportsnet Says Semin About To Play In Pittsburgh

Sportsnet is citing a report coming out of Russia stating Semin is about to sign with the Penguins.

Semin’s agent declined to comment.

I suggest waiting for more information before running with this report.

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Is Semin A Coach Killer?

from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington,

The agent for Alex Semin is not a happy man.

After hearing his client called “a coach killer” and “a complete loser,” Mark Gandler had some harsh words for TSN analysts Pierre McGuire and Marc Crawford on Sunday, saying their comments could get in the way of contract talks with NHL teams interested in signing Semin as an unrestricted free agent.

“I can tell you that’s the worst I’ve ever heard an analyst say about any player,” Gandler told CSNWashington.com. “What bothered me was that the host [James Duthie] did not step in.”

During TSN’s broadcast, McGuire accused Semin of being a bad teammate, adding, “he’s the ultimate coach killer, that’s what he is.”

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Alexander Semin And Dennis Wideman Likely To Hit The UFA Market

from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington,

Asked Saturday if there is anything new with possible negotiations with the two veterans, Caps general manager George McPhee said, “Not at this point. We’ll get back to that stuff this week.”

Asked if Semin and Wideman are likely to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, McPhee nodded his head and said, “Yeah, they might.”

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Semin Prepares To Hit The UFA Market

from Craig Custance of ESPN The Magazine,

There’s change coming to the Washington Capitals this summer and it’s not just their head coach. Barring a complete change of heart, forward Alexander Semin won’t be back in Washington next season. According to Semin’s agent Mark Gandler, the skilled forward has no intentions of signing a contract extension with the Capitals and plans on becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“It was good while it lasted. With the lack of playoff success, with the direction they are going. They decided to change directions. That’s within their rights. Alex doesn’t fit into that system obviously,” Gandler told ESPN the Magazine. “It just doesn’t make any sense to him. He plays, he did the best he could under the circumstances and he earned his right to be a free agent.”

Gandler said the strong priority for the Russian native is to play in the NHL rather than in the KHL next season and at 28 years old Semin would prefer to play somewhere his role is being expanded, including time on the penalty kill, rather than diminished.


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The Last Of Semin?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There is no way of knowing what’s inside Alex Semin as this monumental night of his professional career approaches.

But in many ways, this is an historic confrontation for the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers and a probable farewell for one of hockey’s most confusing and confounding players.

The Capitals were built around a supposed fabulous four, Alexander Ovechkin, Semin, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom, and this will season will end the run of that group, no matter what happens Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Game 7 may be an entrance on to a new stage or the last game Semin plays for the Caps.

Maybe the last game he plays in the NHL.

His contract is up at the end of June and Washington won’t re-sign him. Others around the NHL, wondering whether the 28-year-old forward is worth the bother or the money, will debate what to do with him. No doubt, the Kontinental Hockey League in his homeland will come calling, overrating and overpricing his considerable talent.


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Steckel Backs Up Bradley’s Critique of Semin

From TSN:

Matt Bradley’s recent critique of Alexander Semin and his previous employer is being backed by another former Capital.

New Jersey Devils forward David Steckel, who spent the majority of last season with the Capitals before being traded in February, defended the comments of his former teammate.

Speaking to the Washington media, the 29-year-old did not dispute Bradley’s statements, which described a lack of effort from Semin and a lack of discipline from the team on the ice and in the playoffs.

“It’s not like he went out and told lies,” Steckel told reporters. “(He) didn’t really say anything bad about anybody. He just stated what he felt.”

Bradley, who signed with the Florida Panthers after six seasons in Washington, caused a stir with comments that he made in an interview with the Team 1200 radio station in Ottawa.


UPDATE 4pm ET: This posting from TSN wasn’t properly sourced and actually comes from Lindsay Applebaum at the Washington Post’s Capitals Insider..  You can find the full, original, story here.

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Right on the Wing


We’ll kick off our look at the top forwards in fantasy with a listing of the top options at the right wing position.

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Matt Bradley Talks Washington Capitals

from Lindsay Applebaum of Capitals Insider,

(Matt) Bradley, who signed with the Florida Panthers in July as an unrestricted free agent, also told Ottawa’s TEAM 1200 that the Capitals’ locker room was “maybe a little bit too nonchalant” and undisciplined.

A partial transcipt is below:

On why the Capitals couldn’t break through in a second-round sweep against Tampa Bay:

“You know, I don’t have a definite answer. I mean, there’s reasons why. We had some guys who didn’t show up in playoffs, and I’ll leave them unnamed. I think our locker room was maybe a little bit too nonchalant, and guys weren’t disciplined the way they should have been. Those two things are big things.

“I’d say that’s about it, because we had a lot of guys that played hard and played well, and it seemed that sometimes the guys that weren’t playing well were the ones getting the [majority] of the ice time. In the playoffs I don’t think it matters who you are; it’s who’s playing well for you at the time, and that’s not always what happened with our team. It wasn’t the guys who were playing well at the time, it was the guys who were our best players for the most part who were playing no matter what.”

Asked to describe the discipline problems without naming names:

“I don’t mind saying Alexander Semin’s name, because he’s one guy who has so much talent, he could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesn’t care….

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Squash The Semin Trade Rumors

from E.J. Hradek of NHL.com,

When these Semin stories start to percolate, I usually seek out McPhee for a comment. So, after receiving a few different tweets from fans asking about a possible Semin deal, I figured it was that time again.
“We like Semin because he can score goals,” McPhee said Monday, squashing the latest round of Semin trade tales. “Those guys aren’t easy to find.”
“We’ve made our moves,” he continued. “I don’t anticipate us making any other changes. If I go into the season with this group, I’m fine with that.”
Now, if someone called with a knock-your-skates-off proposition involving Semin, I’m pretty sure McPhee would listen. Why wouldn’t he? And somewhere down the road, he might change his mind. But for now, McPhee again sounded very convincing. Or at least as convincing as he has been the several other times that I’ve asked him the same question. To date, he has been true to his word.

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Semin Signs One Year Deal With Capitals

from Capitals.com,

The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Alexander Semin to a one-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Semin, 26, is in his sixth season in the NHL, all with the Capitals. He has 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists) in 39 games this season, second on the team in goals and third in points. In 366 career games the 6’2”, 209-pound native of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, has recorded 335 points (166 goals, 169 assists) and already ranks 11th in Capitals history in goals and 19th in points.


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Semin Fined For Cross-Check

via TSN,

Washington Capitals sniper Alexander Semin was fined for his cross-check to the head of Colorado Avalanche defenceman John-Michael Liles on Saturday.

Semin was assessed a 5-minute major penalty for cross-checking and a 10-minute misconduct on the play.

Missed the play?  Watch the video highlights below…

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A Look At Alexander Semin

from Katie Carrera of The Washington Post,

On the evening he scored his third hat trick of the season, Alexander Semin stood in the Washington Capitals’ dressing room enveloped by a horde of reporters. Amid the sound of whirring fans drying sweaty equipment, Semin was asked if he can ever predict such a successful performance.

Given an opportunity to offer insight or make a joke, the 26-year-old Russian sharpshooter chose one of his typically guarded answers.

“I’m not going to say anything,” he said through an interpreter. “That’s inside me. I’m not going to share that with you guys. Why should I reveal anything?”

A third of the way through his sixth season with the Capitals, Semin is on pace for a career-best campaign statistically, and although teammates say he’s gradually revealing more of his reserved personality in the locker room, he is still a mystery to the outside world.


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Uh-Oh AO

from Corey Masisak of the CSNWashington,

A group of media members were waiting for Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau outside the Washington dressing room for his post-game press conference. Majority owner Ted Leonsis and general manager George McPhee were about 20 feet away toward where the Capitals’ team bus awaited. Ovechkin and Kovalchuk were conversing in the hallway between the two locker rooms about 10 feet from where Boudreau would be speaking.

Both players appeared to be in good spirits, laughing and smiling with each other. It was a stark contrast to how somber Ovechkin was when he addressed reporters a few minutes earlier. Other players were leaving the dressing room for the bus having already showered and in their suits as Ovechkin—in a T-shirt and shorts—talked to Kovalchuk.

Alexander Semin came out of the room and turned right toward the bus when Ovechkin yelled for him. Semin gave him a disgruntled look, but capitulated and joined them in the discussion.

A minute or so later, Boudreau walked out to assume his place in front of the media. Already upset, he glanced to where Ovechkin, Semin and Kovalchuk were standing and he looked displeased.

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Semin Becoming An All-Around Player

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Regardless of just how many goals he scores and how many points he puts up, there has always been a temptation to be dismissive of Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin. In general he was considered a strictly one-dimensional player that, while wildly gifted, couldn’t be counted on in the crunch.

Quietly, that notion is changing, at least internally, as head coach Bruce Boudreau turns to Semin more and more in key situations, including using him more frequently on the penalty kill even as he continues to pile up the points.

“It was a work in progress last year,” Boudreau said this week. Sometimes Semin would cheat while killing penalties, worried more about creating a scoring chance.

“Now he’s a lot better at it,” said Boudreau, who recalled that GM George McPhee watched Semin in a more complete role for Russia at the World Championships two years ago and that sparked the idea that he could take on a bigger role with the Caps.

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Could Ovechkin Influence The Signing Of Semin In Washington?

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

When it was suggested he should march into Ted Leonsis’ office and demand that the Capitals owner sign Semin—a potential unrestricted free agent on July 1—to a long-term contract extension to keep Ovechkin happy, the Russian superstar laughed.

“I am happy. Seriously, it’s not part of my job to say I want this guy to be on the team,” Ovechkin told Sporting News.


“It would be nice to have him here for long term,” Ovechkin said.

Naturally, Mark Gandler, Semin’s agent, loved the idea. Semin and the Capitals can’t sign a deal until January 1, but Gandler would welcome any support Ovechkin might give his client.

“How much weight does Ovechkin carry? I would say a lot,” Gandler said. “He’s not the G.M., but I think that if Ted Leonsis would put (G.M. George) McPhee on one hand and Ovechkin on the other hand and start shaking up and down, I have a feeling he would drop McPhee like a hot potato. And I say that with full respect to George.”


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Loss of Lecavalier Not Crippling but Lightning Now Face a Lofty Challenge

A tough stretch just got tougher for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Already missing forwards Steve Downie and Simon Gagne from their top-six forward ranks, the Bolts will now be without the services of Vincent Lecavalier, who suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand in Thursday’s 6-3 loss in Washington and will miss three to four weeks as a result.

Forwards Johan Harju and Marc-Antoine Pouliot are set to be summoned from AHL Norfolk today to help stabilize a now-hobbled Lightning offense.

For Lecavalier, who will miss at least ten games barring any expedited recovery, the setback marks another disappointing chapter in recent history. The Lightning captain followed up career bests of 108 and 92 points from 2006-2008 with 67 and 70-point campaigns the last two years and was off to an unremarkable start to this season with three goals and nine points in 13 games. All this, of course, after signing an 11-year, $85-million dollar contract extension in July of ’08 by former ownership…

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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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Radulov Sets New Record

Alexander Radulov of Salavat Yulaev entered the record books recently by scoring the fastest goal in Russian hockey history. Radulov scored six seconds into a match against Yugra, after intercepting a pass and doing a nice spin-o-rama move on goaltender Mikhail Biryukov. Radulov beat the twelve year record of seven seconds, set by Andrei Pychelyakov of Severstal in 1998 and later tied by former NHLer Dmitry Yushkevich of Magnitogorsk in 2003. However, Radulov’s goal is not the fastest goal ever recorded in a professional hockey game as that distinction is held by four players who were able to find the back of the net one second faster than Radulov. They are NHLer’s Doug Smail (1981), Bryan Trottier (1984) and fellow Russian Alexander Mogilny (1991), as well as Slovak 2nd division player; Frantisek Zubek of Presov.

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The State of Hockey in Russia

The Russian National Team has taken great strides towards regaining past international hockey glory in the last few years. Spurred on by back-to-back World Championship victories with two straight wins over Team Canada in 2008 and 2009 (including a win on Canada’s home ice in 2008), Russia had seemed to finally regain their duo-superpower status with their longtime Canadian rivals. That is until the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where the Russians were soundly thumped 7-3 by the home side in their quarterfinal matchup. Perhaps, Team Russia goalie; Ilya Bryzgalov, summed up the debacle best by stating that Team Canada played like “gorillas coming out of a cage.”

On the heels of their defeat in Vancouver, many of Russia’s Olympic core squad vowed to gain a measure of revenge at the 2010 World Championships in Germany three months later. Although Russia defeated a relatively undermanned Canadian squad, their efforts, once again, ended in failure with an upset loss to the Czech Republic in the championship final.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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The Anti-Ovechkin

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He either doesn’t speak English or prefers not to try, and both amount to the same thing. Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green are left to explain the triumphs and defeats, while Semin plays his game and takes his paycheque and excuses himself from pretty much everything else.

He is the anti-Ovechkin, a star making no impression on the larger D.C. hockey and sports landscape. Like Colonel Flagg of M*A*S*H* television fame, Semin is the wind, but without the good punchlines.

While GM George McPhee works on a long-term deal for Backstrom, he probably wonders how much longer he needs to keep Semin around. He’s got a good young Swede coming, forward Marcus Johansson, and as the market for Kessel and Kovalchuk demonstrated this season, there’s undoubtedly a rich harvest to be had if the Caps were to move Semin.

Right now, they’re hoping the Russian Riddler demonstrates his talent in Game 6 against the Canadiens on Monday night.


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Semin Contract Talk

Pierre LeBrun on the HNIC Hotstove states Alexander Semin of the Capitals will have a new, one year contract announced very soon.

Contract is between $5-6 million.

added 8:56pm, from Sports Network at KTVU,

The Washington Capitals signed right wing Alexander Semin to a one-year contract extension on Saturday.

Washington general manager George McPhee confirmed during Saturday’s game against New Jersey that the 25-year-old Semin, whose current deal was set to expire at the end of the season, agreed to the extension.

added 10:07pm Tarik El-Bashir says $6M is the contract.

Read Washington Capitals release below…

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Can You Caption A Video?

Roberto Luongo and Alexander Semin meet face-to-face last night.


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Don’t Look For A Home-Town Discount For Semin

from Dmitry Chesnokov at the Examiner,

I decided to ask Semin’s agent, Mark Gandler, a few questions about his client’s contract negotiations. “Yes, we started the process and have exchanged ideas,” - Gandler told me today. He did admit that it was “impossible to predict” if a contract will be signed before the Olympic break, as the negotiations are at a “very preliminary” stage right now. But Gandler did say that “it’s clear that the Capitals want to see Alexander in their line-up.”

I asked Gandler if there was a possibility Semin would be traded at the deadline if both sides cannot find a compromise by March. “You don’t trade one of your best players from a play-off team to another play-off team. It is self defeating,” - Semin’s agent replied.

And finally, a lot of fans believe that Semin might give a “discount” to the Capitals. I wondered if this could become an issue in the negotiations. Gandler’s reply was firm: “I don’t believe in discounts.”


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All Alexander Semin

from Dmitry Chesnokov at the Washington Examiner,

How comfortable are you playing on the first line. A lot of people thought that Mike Knuble would join Ovechkin and Backstrom on the first line.

It’s not about being comfortable or not comfortable. We just have a great chemistry with Alex and Nick and no one is selfish. No one is taking it all on himself. It’s simply a pleasure to play when you have such chemistry. We just know each other all too well: where each of us should be, when to expect a pass, which position on the ice each one of us should take.

Because of this chemistry, your line will now be looked at differently by other teams, who will study the way you play. Are you ready to face the best defensemen in the NHL? Are you ready for more personal attention and closer play?

Let the rest be scared of us, than for us to be scared of how someone is going to play against us. Let them study our game. What is it to us? We will just go out and play our best, just like we have been playing. I don’t think it makes sense to change your game for anyone—especially when it comes to our line.


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Semin Blasts One Past Thomas

Alexander scored the OT goal today to secure a 4-3 Caps victory over the Bruins.

I am sure Tim Thomas would like that goal back.

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More Slapping Than Fighting

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Alexander Semin engaged in his first career fight tonight with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who had two small scratches under his right eye after the encounter. And for those of you who weren’t watching the game, check out the first video. Descriptions of Semin’s punches toward the end of the fight ranged from him playing the bongos to him looking like Energizer Bunny beating a drum….

go watch the video…

added 9:13am, On Frozen Blog comes up with the perfect Headline- “Alexander Semin Fights Scut Farkus”.  Visit OFB to see the comparison.


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Semin Has No Idea How Many Games He Will Miss

via On Frozen Blog,

In Saturday’s SovetskySport, an obviously frustrated Alexander Semin informs Dmitry Chesnokov of his latest injury—incurred non-accidentally at the stick of St. Louis’ David Backes Thursday night:

  “I have already been to the doctor. I think that maybe my nerve was hit. And now it is squeezed. I can hardly walk. I have no clue how many games I am going to miss. I felt bad this morning.  I feel worse than I did yesterday.  I am trying to [use] pain relievers . . . I am so tired of these injuries. Just [recently] one injury healed, my shot got better. Now here is another one. When is this all going to end?”

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Semin ‘Probable’ For Tonight

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Alexander Semin missed the third period with an undisclosed injury. I’m told it’s an upper body issue, perhaps a shoulder, and that he probably will play in Jersey. The NHL’s leading scorer also took a high stick to the mouth in the final minutes of the second period.

more on the Capitals victory over the Devils last night…

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Therrien Responds To Semin Remarks

from Sam Kasan at PittsburghPenguins.com,

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin has gotten a lot of attention from the media following his comments about Penguins star Sidney Crosby.

The drama continued today when Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien was asked about Semin’s comments. Therrien, who has never shied away from giving his opinion, laughed and then responded:

“Is he talking about the youngest guy to get 100 points in the history of the National Hockey League? Is he talking about the youngest guy to win the Hart Trophy and lead the league in scoring? Is he talking about the youngest captain in the National Hockey League to bring his team to the Stanley Cup Final? That’s all I have to say.”


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Another Alex In Washington

from CBC,

Would it surprise you to learn that a certain Russian forward named Alex with the Washington Capitals currently leads the NHL in scoring?

No, not that Alex, the other one.

Alex Ovechkin is the reigning Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner, but the Washington winger is mired in a six-game goal drought and has only tallied a meagre five points through the first eight games of the season.

Lucky for the Capitals, though, that Alex Semin is scoring in bunches.


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