NHL Rumors: Assessing Potential Landing Spots for Alexander Semin
The former Washington Capital was obviously unhappy with the situation with his former team and is now open to finding a new home. The question is where he will land.
Teams have been shying away from the talented forward due to concerns about his effort. He has an incredible ability to help an offense both as a scorer and passer, but his attitude is preventing Semin from getting a large contract.
"We would look at Semin on a short-term basis. We wouldn’t want to get locked in to anything, because we’ve all heard the stories about him. We do like his skill level. It could be that we could bring him in for a year, get to know him and go from there in terms of considering something longer term."
This type of short-term contract might be the best option for the troubled athlete. His stock is low right now, but a great season could make him an attractive free agent again.
However, he would not necessarily fit well with everyone. According to Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun, Semin is "reportedly close to signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins."
The Russian has been close to signing with teams before, but the Penguins would be making a mistake. Pittsburgh has a solid young group of players, and adding a player that could be a bad influence might disrupt that.
On the other hand, a team that missed out on the chance to sign Zach Parise and needs offensive help could do well by adding the veteran scorer. The Detroit Red Wings fit that description and are "interested" according to Brian Stubits at CBS Sports.
Reports were that Semin was offered $30 million for three years from a KHL team, but Dmitry Chesnokov reported that these numbers were exaggerated.
Alexander Semin has a tremendous amount of talent. Even with declining numbers, he has still averaged over 31 goals over the past six seasons.
Someone will find a spot for him on their roster, and hopefully they do not regret it.
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