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Is it time to sit Alexander Semin?

Nov 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

Alexander Semin Getty Images

There’s no doubt that Alexander Semin is one of the most divisive talents in the league. He’s capable of scoring 40 goals a season and producing a ton of offense, but what he’s doing this season in Washington is making everyone crazy. He leads the team in penalties with 14 but has just nine points this year and he also leads the team in questionable effort.

With those kinds of issues lingering and Bruce Boudreau’s insistence on accountability this season, is it time for Alex Semin to take a seat in the press box? CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley discussed that with Boudreau only to get a coy reply from the coach.

“Infer what you want. If everybody’s healthy two guys have to sit. We have to figure out who it’s going to be.”

Not helping Semin’s cause was seeing him work on the fourth line in practice meaning he could wind up watching their game against Phoenix tomorrow night rather than playing it. Just like with everything else the Caps have been trying this year, other moves with Semin haven’t seen him respond to taking fewer penalties nor improve his scoring.

If there’s one message most players will listen to it’s getting your job taken away from you, even for a day and the Caps need Semin to get scoring and staying out of the box. Is now the time for that message? With things being as rough in Washington as they are now, now might be the best time for it.

  1. danphipps01 - Nov 20, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    No. Now’s the time to fire him out of a cannon to the first team stupid enough to take him, then use his giant cap hit on players that actually care about hockey.

  2. rainyday56 - Nov 21, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Maybe they shoudn’t have had Sergei Fedorov as a rental a couple years back. He was supposed to be a role model for the young Russians. He was also a role mode for Fedor. That didn’t work out so well either …

  3. bcjim - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    Actually, its time to fire Bruce, then tell Semin and ov that their job is to score goals, not do whatever Bruce currently has them doing.

    • wheresdapuck - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:55 AM

      While the offense is lacking at times, the Caps defense has just been horrible. Does Green make that much difference? Is so, then the GM needs to look for better blue liners.

      Bruce – Poor coaching this year so far. When the Caps move into the offensive zone, look how many times a Cap is missing in front the net? Way too often…

  4. wheresdapuck - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Semin is a highly skilled player, but taking penalties in the offensive zone. I think making him sit out a game would is not a bad idea!

  5. govtminion - Nov 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    I’m very much anti-Semin, I’ve had about enough of his lazy play and frequent bad penalties… but I just wanted to pipe up and say that is now my favorite photo this site has ever used.

    “The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries!”

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