It's no secret that the Capitals have made a lot of roster moves this summer, signing forwards Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern, Mattias Sjogren of the Swedish Elite League and an AHLer fresh off a season in the KHL Chris Bourque. Defenseman Roman Hamrlik was also signed along with goaltender Tomas Vokoun.
Former Caps Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon and Scott Hannan were not resigned and the first two have signed contracts elsewhere.
Big re-signings included the hopeful prospect Matthieu Perreault, fan-favorite Brooks Laich, big defnseman Karl Alzner and AHL blue-liner Patrick McNeil.
The Capitals also traded RW Eric Fehr for bruiser prospect Danick Paquette and also exchanged one of their three young goaltenders, Semyon Varlamov, for a second-round pick and a first-round pick that may very well enter the top-pick lottery.
George McPhee has been awful busy, huh?
What are also no secrets are that the large amount of moves made significantly changed the character of Washington's hockey team and the moves made were not inexpensive in a few cases.
Despite the amount of moves the Caps' general manager made, the rumor mill is still spinning in the Nation's Capital. The weight of the team's character change and raise in payroll have fallen most heavily on star Russian right-winger Alexander Semin's shoulders as far as the rumor mill is concerned.
Naturally so, too.
Semin is known as a finesse player. He doesn't have the amount of grit that what the average Capital now has, so if a trade were necessary Semin might be a moveable piece.
On top of that, the Capitals are now around $800,000 over the salary cap. It's not a place that McPhee and the Caps are used to being in so that leads to the thought that McPhee needs to take a contract of significant size off the books.
So, with all the above taken into account, Semin looks like a shoe-in for a big-name trade, right?
Semin will not be traded. Here are five reasons why.