NHL Rumors: Predicting Where Alexander Semin Will End Up

Joseph Bisaccia@@JosephBisacciaCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07:  John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammate Alexander Semin #28 after scoring a goal in the third period against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The former Washington Capitals winger, Alexander Semin, is one of the last remaining big-time free-agents in the NHL. Trying to make sense of all the swirling rumors can be a daunting task.

Brian Stubits of CBSsports.com has recently reported a staggering potential offer. A professional hockey team in Russia, the KHL, has been rumored to offer Semin a 3-year, $30 million dollar deal. Certainly, that is far more money than he would receive in the NHL. If it's true, it needs to be taken very seriously due to the fact that Russia is Semin's home, and the massive salary he would be receiving. 

It has been widely known that Semin is displeased with the Capitals' organization. Dating back to the end of June, there have been no negotiations between he and his former team. It's beginning to seem unlikely that he will return to the team he played seven years for.

Mark Gandler, Semin's agent, recently told ESPN about his distaste for Washington.

It was good while it lasted. 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. It just doesn't make any sense to him. He plays, he did the best he could under the circumstances and he earned his right to be a free agent.

A team that could potentially look to Semin for his services is the New Jersey Devils. They just lost Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild via free-agency, and will desperately need to find a player to fill the void left by losing their team captain.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings are two more teams that missed out in the Parise sweepstakes. It's possible these teams could look at Semin as a potential plan B.

It's possible that some more offers could be heading Semin's way following the Parise and Suter deals. Semin could be the next big domino to fall in NHL free-agency.

With teams weary of his recent decline and attitude, Semin hasn't drawn a huge amount of interest in free-agency. The team that signs him could potentially be getting a steal. Wing-men in the prime of their careers are hard to come by, and Semin has a knack for racking up a ton of points.

Another potential team to keep an eye on is the Phoenix Coyotes, who still await the decision of their captain Shane Doan.  

My thought is: the first team in the NHL to offer Semin a contract worth $6 million per season will likely gain his services. The New Jersey Devils seem like the most likely team following the huge void they were left with following the loss of Parise. If Semin can't find the deal he is looking for, it's very possible he could go to the KHL. He won't make nearly as much money in America.