The offseason that Alexander Semin is currently experiencing has to be one of the more odd ones in recent memory, and don't expect it to end soon.
Semin is one of the most talented players in the NHL; there is no doubting that fact. But, as he has often shown, he doesn't always put those tools together with the best attitude.
The Capitals superstar, of course, has flashes of brilliance, like in 2009-10 when he racked up 40 goals and 84 points. But then he'll come back with seasons like last one, where he scored just 54 points and found himself on the bench for extended periods of time.
Teams are rarely this lukewarm on players of Semin's talent, but that appears to be happening this summer.
That's not to say teams aren't interested. They would have to be stupid not to be. They are just a little gun-shy about throwing Semin the money he thinks—nay, he knows—he deserves.
With that being said, here's a look at the likely teams I believe will put an end to the Alexander Semin madness.
Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings went after Zach Parise pretty hard but lost the sweepstakes. Acquiring Semin wouldn't be a bad consolation prize.
The Red Wings scored 2.92 goals per game last season, so getting another scorer isn't exactly a priority. Nonetheless, Semin would undoubtedly give Detroit the depth, health and youth it desires.
According to The Fourth Period, the Red Wings have shown plenty of interest in Semin. They've got the money, so don't be surprised if he ends up in Detroit.
New Jersey Devils
Speaking of Parise, the Devils didn't just miss out on signing him like the Red Wings did; they actually lost his services as the talented winger left New Jersey for Minnesota.
The Devils have plenty of talent, but replacing Parise with a big name like Semin would make plenty of sense. Semin may not have the intangibles Parise had, but he definitely has skills that are on par with the departed free agent.
Noticing the theme here?
The Penguins also missed out on Parise and Ryan Suter, leaving Semin as one of the few remaining big-name free agents up front.
Pittsburgh's interest in Semin isn't what is in question here; it's whether or not Semin would play for the mighty Penguins.
He would assuredly enjoy teaming up with fellow Russian Evgeni Malkin, but would Semin like sharing the spotlight with Mr. Sidney Crosby? It would make for a dominant offense that Pittsburgh fans would welcome, but who knows if Semin could handle it.
Still, Pittsburgh should be high on the list of likely candidates to land the 28-year-old.
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