Alexander Semin should go home.
The talented Washington Capitals left wing is a free agent. Following a disappointing season, it would be wise for Semin to leave the NHL. Not because of the disappointing season alone, but because he’s reportedly in position to break the bank despite that disappointing season.
Slava Malamud of Sport-Express reported that, potentially, Semin has received an offer that he would be insane to refuse. He tweeted:
There are unconfirmed (!) reports that CSKA's offer to Semin stand at 3 years, $30 million. Pretty ridiculous money, if you ask me. #Caps— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) July 8, 2012
According to The Fourth Period, Semin was expected to be offered a contract worth around $5.5 to $6 million a year this offseason. Money isn’t everything, but Semin can’t turn down $10 million a year, especially after the season he just had.
Despite his supposed superstar potential, he only scored 21 goals and 54 points this season and drew endless criticism because of his subpar performance.
According to Adam Gretz of CBS Sports, TSN’s hockey team roasted the Russian during its free-agency discussion. Pierre McGuire was quoted saying:
This is not a great teammate. I'll tell you that right now, not a good guy to have around your group unless you have unbelievably great leadership and rely on that. He's the ultimate coach killer, that's what he is.
$10 million a year is a pretty generous offer for “the ultimate coach killer.”
Now, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reported that Semin’s agent Mark Gandler has repeatedly said his client wants to play in North America. But forget that.
Why play for $5.5 to $6 million a year in America where you’ll get ripped to shreds by the media instead of playing for $10 million in your home country? Semin would be foolish to decline such an offer.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.