NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Possible Destinations for Alexander Semin

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NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Possible Destinations for Alexander Semin
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Since the Washington Capitals were ousted in the second round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, there have been countless rumors regarding the fate of winger Alexander Semin.  

Semin is a world-class talent, but his apparent lack of desire—especially during the postseason—has many fans and analysts calling for his departure.  

While Capitals General Manager George McPhee has been adamant in saying that Semin will not be dealt in the near future, he's set to be an unrestricted free agent come July 1st, 2012, so there's still a reasonable chance he'll be moved before long.  

As a three-time 30-goal scorer at age 27, Semin is one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the game, but his enigmatic play during the postseason may make him expendable to a Capitals team that is loaded with offense.  

The team's additions of Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward, coupled with the emergence of Marcus Johansson, could compensate for the offensive spark that Semin brings to the table.  

Looking ahead, there are a number of teams that could use the super-skilled Russian's offensive abilities, so here are the top five potential destinations for the sometimes-brilliant Alexander Semin.

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