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Alexander Semin’s agent might not be selling his client so well

May 16, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

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Alexander Semin‘s agent Mark Gandler has already made a name for himself this offseason by saying Semin’s career in Washington is likely over with. While he’s tried to clarify his initial statements, he seems to be going about selling his client in odd ways.

Gandler spoke with Grant Paulsen and Sky Kerstein on DC radio station 106.7 The Fan FM and managed to make Semin’s case to be signed in the offseason a bit more difficult (audio). The highlights of Gandler’s thoughts are grumpy and confusing when getting critical of Semin’s season in Washington.

—- Time-on-ice statistics are wrong and Semin isn’t playing as much as the final stats say.

—- Troy Brouwer gets more minutes than Semin does.

—- Semin has become a role player, something he didn’t bank on.

—- Semin plays fewer minutes because the team changed direction for how they wanted to play. (Finally, a salient point)

—- Semin wants to play on the penalty kill and more situations but isn’t allowed to.

—- Being benched after taking a few penalties is bad because the bench is close to the ice and it’s cold.

—- Semin’s plus/minus is his most underrated statistic.

Give the interview a listen because trying to sum up how baffling it all comes together isn’t doing it justice. If Gandler is looking to sell Semin to another team, the price is probably going to drop unless hockey stops being played on ice to help with that whole cold issue.

  1. barkar942 - May 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Moscowfornia, here I come, right back where I started from!
    C’Mon! Sing Along!

  2. skinsfan56 - May 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Semin’s agent needs to shut up in a really fast way, he is costing his client millions of Dollars. While a couple of points may be valid, he done nothing to change the perception that’s semin is just looking to blame something or someone else for his lack of production.

  3. capsfan19 - May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    I have a feeling semins agent is hoping semin gets resigned in washington in an attempt mcphee calls his bluff. That was like last two years where there were musings of semin going back to the motherland.
    I would rather resign him over green but honestly to get him off our books would relieve ALOT of capspace.

  4. jaredo10 - May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    if hes willing to play hard in the defensive zone i would love him in new york.. offensively hes been a ranger killer all his carreer. one of the nasty wrist shots in the game

  5. stakex - May 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    One correcting: The guy was saying that Semin gets cold (you know, stiff) when he gets benched… not cold as in “brrr it’s cold in here”.

    Of course that doesn’t make Semins agent any less of an idiot. Its amazing to me that he argues with the official stats the way he does. Its not like he was saying Semin goesn’t get credited with a shot here and there… he made it sound like 80% of his shots aren’t counted, and that hes credited with 50% more ice time then he actually plays. Thats just ridiculous.

    Makes you wonder what team is gonna want to deal with this kind of circus. Is Semin really worth the headache that might come with it if this is going to be how his agent acts when Semin doesn’t get everything he wants?

  6. govtminion - May 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    “Also, he wanted a pony, and Leonsis didn’t get him one.”

    Man up. It’s the NHL, man- you want ice time and all of that? Go out and earn it. It’s not like the Caps have had a ton of reason to give him a lot of work to do- when he IS on the ice he skates like he’s bored out of his skull usually. Earn that ice time, earn respect from the coaching staff, and earn that massive contract you want. Semin has done none of those things in Washington- I’d be pretty amazed if another GM did.

  7. stilllearningthegame - May 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    When Semin was told to show me or sit, he brought it. Sorry, but he was playing a gritty two way style the last few months. No, he wasn’t scoring as much, but he was playing good defensive hockey. That is what Dale Hunter was asking of him. This isn’t about money, it’s about playing time and long term contract. No more one year deals. And I will beg to differ, if he does go in free agency, there will be many teams more than interested.

    • rfoster75 - May 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Semin and his agents prefer one year deals…at least they have said as much in the past

  8. wethog66 - May 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    As a Caps fan I appreciate all Sasha has done for the Caps, and I wish him well where ever he ends up.

  9. blastardo - May 16, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Semin is definitely a player who can put the numbers up. If he was placed on a more offensive team it’s likely that his stats would improve. He would have to stop skating around as though he’s bored out of his mind though.

    Semin has to be kidding himself if he’s thinking he would ever be placed on the penalty kill.

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