Since Alexander Semin signed a one-year deal for the second consecutive season in early 2011, the NHL rumor mill has been consistently churning out possible destinations for the skilled 27-year-old winger.
Over the summer, General Manager George McPhee was rumored to be shopping Semin, but McPhee vehemently denied that claim, and as expected, Semin was on the Capitals' roster to start the 2011-12 campaign.
However, with Semin struggling mightily out of the gates, the chances of the slick Russian sniper being dealt have risen.
With just five goals and 10 points on the year, Semin will obviously not command the assets that he would have three months ago, but McPhee must realize at some point that the sublimely gifted winger has done more harm than good for the vast majority of the season to date, and it may make sense to ship Semin to a team in need to scoring, sooner rather than later.
Dale Hunter, the Caps' new bench boss, is a no-nonsense kind of coach, so if even the comparatively gentle Bruce Boudreau clashed with Semin, expect fireworks to eventually go off between the two.
Fortunately for McPhee, 40-goal scorers don't grow on trees, so there will always be some kind of a trade market for a player of Semin's caliber. Here are seven teams that could be viable trade partners for the Capitals should they opt to move Semin and his massive $6.7 million contract before the trade deadline.