At the beginning of the season, there seemed to be no way the Caps would re-sign Semin, but things have transpired over the past year that have certainly changed the look of the future for the Russian.
The first is Sasha's performance. In his first 27 games this season, Semin scored just five goals with six assists for 11 points, to go along with 36 penalty minutes and a minus-9 rating. In his 41 games since then, Semin has 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points, along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating. Recently, Semin has been the Caps' best player, and the team would be in a much worse position without him.
The other event is that of Evgeny Kuznetsov deciding to stay in the KHL for the immediate future. Kuznetsov was expected to replace Semin, but now that he might not be making the move to the NHL, the future for the Caps looks significantly less bright.
There is no doubt that Semin will not be brought back for a contract as large as the one he currently is on, but at this point, there is a good chance the team re-signs him.
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