Alexander Semin is constantly criticized for his inconsistencies, especially this offseason. It’s true that Semin is a fantastically talented player, but isn’t often in the list of the top players in the league. Plus, he’s generally nonexistent in the playoffs.
However, Semin’s talent will still garner a large deal. The past few seasons, Semin has been signing one-year deals with the Washington Capitals, hovering in the ballpark of $6-7 million per year.
The Capitals already have Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom locked down long-term and taking up a substantial portion of the team’s salary cap, so that, along with Semin’s inconsistencies have caused many to believe that Semin’s tenure with the team is nearing an end.
That could be next summer, as Semin will be a UFA or the team could trade him before that.
If Semin hits the free market, he’ll surely garner a significant deal. There are teams like the Detroit Red Wings who could use a top six forward and might take the chance on him, considering veteran Russian Pavel Datsyuk’s presence could have a positive effect on Semin.
After all, this is a player that two years ago, scored 40 goals and 84 points. If he can do that consistently, he’s well worth the more than $6 million price tag.
Plus, if he doesn’t get those type of offers in the NHL, you know there are plenty of KHL clubs that will be offering him contracts of that size.
Either way, he’ll be making bank next summer.