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Alexander Semin is an enigma, and anyone who has spent years rooting for the Washington Capitals, such as yours truly, will attest to this.
He is incredibly talented and has one of the best shots in the game.
But he inexplicably vanishes once the playoffs roll around, whether due to a lack of heart or something else entirely. The crew of TSN absolutely eviscerated Semin the other day, just after free agency opened.
I have to admit, I have never heard analysts openly call a player of Semin's stature a "loser" and a "coach killer."
Still, there is no denying Semin's talent, and if he is on his game, he is a 40-goal scorer waiting to happen. There are many teams who could use that.
It is unlikely the Caps will be one of those teams. As far as is known, and as reported by Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times, there have been no negotiations between the Caps and Semin.
Early on, rumors linked the Russian to the Red Wings, but nothing more has happened with that as of late. When TSN's Marc Crawford was going off on Semin the other day, he thought Detroit would be a good fit for Semin so he could be paired with Pavel Datsyuk, his countryman.
Others have suggested the Avalanche as a potential landing spot for Semin.
Stephen Whyno's article indicated the Buffalo Sabres might be in the running for Semin.
Then, of course, there is CSKA Moscow of the KHL, which already landed Alexander Radulov and has reportedly expressed interest in Semin.
So what is likely here?
If the Red Wings do not sign Parise, look for them to make a serious run at Semin.
However, though I do not necessarily agree with what TSN said about Semin—at least not completely—he has never proven himself to be a playoff producer or someone who has the clutch ability to lead a team to a Stanley Cup.
Sergei Fedorov and CSKA are likely going to throw a lot of money at Semin, who seems to play better in Russia anyway.
I think Semin will let free agency play out for a while just to see what happens after Parise signs.
In the end, however, he will sign with CSKA later on this month.