Since breaking into the National Hockey League in 2003-04, Alexander Semin has emerged as a premier goal scorer and offensive talent for the Washington Capitals. His outrageous stick handling ability and near flawless shooting skills have endeared him to fans in the nation's capital.
That said, in the past few seasons Semin has fallen out of favour somewhat among the fanbase. The team's management have always stood by him, but it appears he has grown further away from the Capitals' faithful.
It has gotten to the point where fans are calling for General Manager George McPhee and his team to trade the Russian enigma.
Here is why they shouldn't.