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Semin headed for free agency

May 25, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

Alexander Semin AP

Alex Semin will wait until at least July 1 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent before he signs a contract, he said Thursday during a press conference in Russia.

Following is a translation courtesy blog Russian Machine Never Breaks (via CSNWashington.com):

Question: “Is there any clarity on where your career will resume in the next season?”

Semin: “I can’t say anything concrete at this time. I’m waiting for July 1st, until the negotiations in the NHL open, for now I am unemployed.”

Question: “Are your priorities in Russia or North America?”

Semin: “I can’t answer. I don’t know.”

The talented 28-year-old sniper with the propensity for needless penalties could still end up back in Washington, but the fact he’s opting to become an unrestricted free agent doesn’t signal an enormous desire to remain with the Capitals.

That said, if Washington hires a head coach with an attacking philosophy before July 1, maybe Semin could be tempted to return. On the other hand, if it’s a coach that wants the Caps to play Dale Hunter hockey, he’ll be gone.

Related: Semin’s agent clarifies statements, Washington return still sounds unlikely

  1. stakex - May 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    The simple fact that he seems open to playing in Russia tells me hes probably going to be playing in Russia next season. Given his poor year, his awful playoff record, and his penelty habit hes not worth that much money in the NHL with the cap. He might get $4-5 million, but thats it.

    In Russia however, a rich team could give him pretty much what ever they want. As a player coming back from the NHL to the KHL there would be no cap hit… so its not impossible for a team to offer him $10 million a year, or even more. No NHL team will come close to that. Not to mention he would probably be the best player in the KHL, and hes very very popular in Russia… two other pluses that he wouldn’t have playing the the US.

  2. rockthered1286 - May 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Here’s the thing about Semin…I can’t foresee a team in the NHL willing to pay him what he ‘thinks’ he deserves. He’s truly a very talented player but for some unknown reason, he lacks drive, motivation, and desire. He’s a part time player who slacks off when his feelings get hurt (or when the team is down by 2 or more goals) and he takes frivolous penalties. And none of the ‘great hit’ type penalties. It’s always tripping, slashing, cross check… he’s a hacker. Is what it is. We spent countless years trying to break him of his habits and despite showing flashes of greatness, he just can’t put it all together.

    I foresee a stint in the KHL upcoming for Semin. If not and he stays in the NHL it’s because he accepts a deal for far less than the number he has in his head.

  3. tonyromoisterrible - May 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Good riddance.

  4. spavs412 - May 25, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    He only said he doesn’t know because he doesn’t know if the NHL will have a season. If he wants a cup come to pgh on a 1yr deal on the cheap… Sid and Geno will teach him how to work hard and win

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