NHL Free Agency 2012: Detroit's Options Now That Suter and Parise Are Signed

John B Matheson@@JB_WebberCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02:  Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals controls the puck against the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 2, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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With Zach Parise and Ryan Suter both signing with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday (via TSN), Detroit is forced to look at the remainder of the free agents available.

According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Red Wings could currently be in the mix Alexander Semin.

It was reported by ESPN that the Russian winger will not be returning to Washington next season, and will instead look to sign elsewhere in hopes of renewing his career.

Over the last four seasons Semin has scored at least 50 points for the Washington Capitals.

Detroit is looking to add goal scoring to its lineup, and Alexander Semin would definitely bring that to the Red Wings.

In May, ESPN and Washington Post contributor Neil Greenberg tweeted that (according to three sources) Detroit is the likely destination for Semin.

He went on to tweet that he had also heard Semin would take a discount in pay to play for the Red Wings.

A more recent report from MLive’s Ansar Khan explained that Detroit was not overly interested in Semin due to the commitment issues that have plagued his career.

This was before Suter and Parise signed with the Wild. Detroit may still yet pursue Semin now that their top choice has opted for another team.

If the Red Wings do sign Semin, it will probably be for one or two years to gauge his commitment level.

Aside from trades, there is another option available in free agency.

Shane Doan is a free agent this year as well. The talented winger has played his entire career for Phoenix.

It was reported by the Toronto Sun that Doan is going to wait until July 9th to decide if he will in fact test free-agency.

This will give time for the ownership bid in Phoenix to find resolution. The same report by the Sun explains that the date is tied to petitions to the city of Glendale.

An interesting report coming once again from Ansar Khan of MLive, states that Doan’s agent has been seeking an offer from the Red Wings.

Doan is a solid player, who over the last 12 seasons has managed to hit the 50-point mark in all but one year, where he had 49.

Shane Doan is the type of player that would fit well in Detroit; he is a team-first guy who can still bank the points, and at 35-years old, remaining consistently over 50 points is a feat itself.

If the Red Wings can land the veteran winger, they will have the top-line scorer they are looking for without having to worry about consistency or commitment.

They already waited on Suter and Parise and made some minor deals to help round out the team, but waiting on Doan could cost them Semin as well.

If the Red Wings lose out on Doan and Semin this offseason, they will be forced to make a trade for either Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash.


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