Alexander Semin is a phenomenal hockey player, but he is a special case and there are only a few destinations that really would work for him. Semin needs to go to the right city, and be surrounded with the right players if he wants to continue to have success in the NHL. There are a few destinations that would be great for Semin.
He is one of the best free agents available in the 2012 free-agent class, as he has the ability to score a lot of goals when he gets premium ice time. Semin has had declining minutes over the past two seasons in Washington, and it reflects in his production.
One of the concerns with Semin is surrounding him with another Russian born player, as he hasn’t completely embraced English. The need to put him in a situation where he is comfortable is crucial.
Semin is a prolific goal-scoring left winger. He has scored 40 goals in an NHL season, as recently as the 2009-10 season when he totaled 84 points. He is a very explosive player, and he has one of the best shots in the NHL. He will bring special talents to the team that signs him, but realistically there are only a few options.