2012 NHL Free Agents: Analyzing Each Team Pursuing Alexander Semin

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2012 NHL Free Agents: Analyzing Each Team Pursuing Alexander Semin
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Zach Parise is gone. Jiri Hudler is gone. PA Parenteau is gone. Ray Whitney is gone. Jaromir Jagr is gone.

The 2012 free agent market of top-tier forwards has been whittled down to it's final remaining piece: Alexander Semin.

However, despite the mockery, Semin is a pure playmaker of All-Star caliber.

Over his career, he's averaged more points per game (0.870) than Parise (0.817). He's hit the 20-goal plateau for six consecutive seasons. Since 2008, he's compiled a whopping plus-92 rating. He's averaged an impressive 14.1 shooting percentage over his entire career.

...And he's fully committed to the NHL:

Character issues and motivational concerns aside, Semin's stock is poised to skyrocket as the spotlight for top-six scorers now shines on him alone.

A plethora of teams around the league should have quite a bit of interest, but a certain three have entered the negotiations as clear frontrunners.

We'll break down the details regarding each top contender on the coming slides.

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