NHL Free Agency 2012: 6 Reasons Alex Semin Has Played His Way off the Caps

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NHL Free Agency 2012: 6 Reasons Alex Semin Has Played His Way off the Caps
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Despite being one of the most electrifying offensive talents in the National Hockey League over the course of the last five seasons, Alexander Semin appears to be on his way off of the Washington Capitals after yet another rather disappointing postseason performance.  

Two years ago, Semin faced harsh criticism for his zero-goal performance against the Montreal Canadiens during the Habs' first-round upset of the top-seeded Caps, and he wasn't much better in the 2011 semifinals when Washington was bounced in four games by Tampa Bay.  

This year, Semin played exceptionally well in the opening round against Boston, as the talented Russian led Washington with three goals in seven games, but didn't manage to get on the scoresheet against the Rangers in the semis.  

Now, as the 28-year-old enters unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career, the winger's agent, Mark Gandler, has made it clear that he has no plans of signing a new deal with Washington.

As team captain Alex Ovechkin's best friend, Semin's departure won't come without controversy, but it seems increasingly unlikely that he'll agree to an extension prior to July 1st. 

With that in mind, here are the top six reasons why Semin has played his final game in a Capitals uniform.   

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