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The last true shooting winger that the Red Wings had before Marian Hossa was Brett Hull.
That history lesson takes you back a bit, doesn't it?
Time to take advantage of a free agent seeking a change of scenery. The players I'm talking about are Alexander Semin and Zach Parise.
Semin has one of the best shots in the league, and if a "Best Shooters in the NHL" list came out, he would most certainly make the top five.
After his agent changing (via Yahoo Sports) an earlier claim (via ESPN.com) that he had made regarding Semin being done with the Capitals, Semin has still not been re-signed by the Capitals and will likely hit the market briefly to test free agency.
If Semin doesn't get an offer in the NHL that he likes, there's potential that he could leave for the KHL (via csnphilly.com), but according to his agent (via ESPN.com), that is unlikely.
Well, leaving or staying, it really shouldn't matter to Detroit. They have another Russian superstar who would play very well with Semin. Pavel Datsyuk is a playmaker, and watching him play together with Semin would be lighting a fuse for a scoring title and watching it blow up. The Red Wings have a surplus of left-wingers, and not enough right-handed shooters. Semin would not rectify this situation, but he would give an excellent boost to the Red Wings power play that struggled last season.
Unlike Semin, Parise is still playing hockey. Parise will also be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of these Stanley Cup Finals.
Word on the street is that the Devils don't have enough actual dollars to keep him.
Larry Brooks from NYpost.com writes that:
"unless Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek finds a benefactor by July 1 willing to immediately invest millions into a dramatically front-loaded deal to keep the captain, it’s all but impossible to imagine No. 9 will stay, even if the notion of being a career Devil appeals to him."
So Parise or Semin? Let the debate begin.
Parise will command substantially more than Semin, but who knows what the different rewards on the ice will look like.