NHL Free Agents 2012: Potential Landing Spots for Alexander Semin
Alexander Semin is one of the top free agents on the NHL market this offseason, but there are many possible destinations for the talented wing.
According to his agent, Mark Gandler, Semin is not planning on returning to the Washington Capitals, where he has spent his entire seven-year career.
Gandler told ESPN, "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."
Semin, however, responded by saying that he had not officially made a decision about coming back. Still, most signs point to the forward looking for a new start away from the drama around the nation's capital.
Many contenders would be interested in the talented veteran. He is still in the prime of his career, and can help an offense with both his scoring and passing abilities. The last two seasons have been relatively disappointing for Semin, but he is only a few years removed from an 84-point season.
The Russian had 79 goals in the two seasons from 2008-2010.
Unfortunately, many question his attitude and apparent lack of commitment on the ice. MLive.com profiles the Detroit Red Wings as a potential landing spot, but are wary because Semin "is prone to disappearing for long stretches."
Another team in the market for a player like Semin is the Carolina Hurricanes. General manager Jim Rutherford did not mention any player by name, but the News Observer explains that the team is looking for a "scoring winger to play on Eric Staal's line."
The Capitals star fits that description, but teams have to decide if he is worth the long-term risk.
Even his former team is not sure they want him back. General manager George McPhee told CSN Washington that the team will make personnel decisions after the draft.
Alex Semin has plenty of talent, and with that skill he will definitely have suitors. However, his price tag and attitude will cause a certain amount of hesitation from potential teams.
Still, forwards that can rack up points who are still in the prime of their careers do not grow on trees. Someone will take a chance on the star and will likely be happy with their decision.
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