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Alexander Semin as a Red Wing? Not as likely as you’d think

May 16, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

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Alexander Semin‘s days in Washington don’t appear to be very long and with him slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, teams will come calling for the former 40-goal scorer. One of the teams that will have a lot of salary cap space and looking to make a splash are the Detroit Red Wings.

Could we see Semin paired up with Pavel Datsyuk wearing the winged wheel? Don’t go ordering your replica jersey just yet says Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

No doubt Detroit would be an appealing destination for Semin, because there isn’t a forward in the league who wouldn’t like to play next to Datsyuk. But between what the Wings need and what Semin is going to command in salary, this isn’t a match.

Semin is coming off a year that saw him make more than $6 million on a one-year deal. He’s also had some issues scoring goals the way he used to and his agent isn’t exactly doing much to help his cause either.

Curiously enough, Semin practiced on a line with Datsyuk and Alex Ovechkin in preparation for Russia’s quarterfinal game against Norway at the World Championships. An audition perhaps? If the Wings wind up not landing Zach Parise or Ryan Suter in the offseason and they’re aiming to make a splash, the money and opportunity could be there for Semin just the same.

  1. bcisleman - May 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Semin’s name has been linked to the Isles in the past. If PA Parenteau proves impossible to sign, I could see the Caps and the Isles trading rights and Semin getting a two year deal (he seems to object to the one year deals the Caps have been offering).

    If the Isles draft Galchenyuk, playing for them might be appealing to Semin. Also, it’s possible that Kirill Kabanov will be on the roster this year. He certainly should see some time on it even if he starts the season in Bridgeport.And fellow Russian Evgenyi Nabokov is on the roster.

  2. govtminion - May 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Dear Detroit,

    Keep him.


    Caps fans.

  3. dougr42 - May 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    There is no way he will command $6 mil on the open market. Right? RIGHT?!

    • ray2013 - May 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      I read an article saying he’s one of a handful of players in the past few years that have broken the 40-goal barrier. Even though we can all point to problems we have with his play, elite scoring is a rare skill. Someone will probably give him what he wants, whether that is in the NHL or the KHL.

  4. polegojim - May 16, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    The Wings have the money available to sign whomever they wish.

    Good Value and Production will dictate Hollands moves.

    Red Wings are totally in the drivers seat for the Free Agency Market.

  5. capsfan19 - May 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Regardless this is a scary prospect considering the type of game the red wings play. Semin taking shots from redonkalous angles and datsyuk shooting backhand withou even looking a the goal.
    They would also prob become the best shootout duo in the nhl

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