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.
So does Alex Semin's agent answer the phone with, "Hello, Plan B speaking?"— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 5, 2012
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:
CSKA (KHL team) has an offer on the table for Semin, but so do several NHL clubs. Told by very reliable source, Semin wants to be in NHL.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 5, 2012
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.