NHL Trade Rumors: 8 Reasons Washington Capitals Should Keep Alexander Semin

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NHL Trade Rumors: 8 Reasons Washington Capitals Should Keep Alexander Semin
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For the last two seasons, countless fans and analysts have called for the Washington Capitals to trade sniper Alexander Semin.  

Since breaking into the NHL in 2006-07, Semin has established himself as one of the league's most dangerous scoring threats, though he has been plagued by injuries and inconsistency, especially during the Postseason.  

While he's capable of changing the outcome of a game on any given shift, Semin's apparent lack of desire during clutch situations has made him a poster boy for the team's shortcomings during the Playoffs.  

However, players of Semin's calibre are hard to find, and with the Capitals looking stronger than ever entering the 2011-12 Season, the team would be well-advised to hang onto the enigmatic Russian for at least a little bit longer.  

Here are the top eight reasons why George McPhee should keep Semin in a Capitals jersey, at least for the time being.  

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