NHL Trade Rumors: Alexander Semin Could Be Trade Bait for Washington Capitals

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12:  Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals brings the puck down the ice against the Los Angeles Kings at the Verizon Center on February 12, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Alexander Semin has been one of the most productive players in the Washington Capitals organization since he first signed with the team before the 2003 season.

Coming from Russia, Semin adjusted well to the National Hockey League and has posted three separate seasons of 30 or more goals while acting as a great compliment to Alex Ovechkin.

Unfortunately, injuries have now plagued the 26-year-old and talks of a possible trade are now beginning to surface.

Semin just recently signed a one-year extension with the Capitals on January 27. The deal was reportedly worth $6.7 million but did not include a no trade clause.

That means that Washington has full rights over Semin and can decide to deal him at any time.

So far this season, Semin has only played in 42 games but has collected 36 points (18 G, 18 A). Semin has also committed 49 minutes worth of penalties while averaging 18 minutes a game on the ice.

Even though Semin has battled injury this season he is still one of the elite offensive players in the entire league.

It is hard to calculate what the trade value of Semin may be, but there are many factors to consider.

The first of which would have to be age and contract status. Semin is only 26 and should have plenty left in the tank for a team who is looking for a physical and offensive minded winger. The problem seems to be his unwillingness to sign any type of long-term deal as he has now signed one-year contracts in consecutive seasons.

If Semin would be willing to sign a long-term deal, it could very well end up being a very expensive contract.

Second, a team would have to fully understand that they would not only be acquiring a goal scorer, but a player who finds himself in the penalty box in many cases. Semin has a total of 372 regular season penalty minutes since 2003 and an additional 28 minutes in the postseason.

Washington has struggled recently and is said to be searching out a few more players in order to give the team a bit of an extra push for their postseason run.

Players like Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Joni Pitkanen of the Carolina Hurricanes have both been mentioned as possible players that fit into Washington's plans and Semin could be exactly the trade bait the Capitals use.