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It’s becoming increasingly likely that Semin, Wideman will be UFAs

Jun 23, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 2: Alexander Semin #28 of Washington Capitals skates during warmups before Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers on May 2, 2012 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

As CSNWashington’s Chuck Gormley reported, Capitals GM George McPhee was asked on Saturday if he had any sort of update to offer regarding the team’s possible negotiations with Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman.

“Not at this point,” McPhee said. “We’ll get back to that stuff this week.”

If McPhee is interested in retaining their services, he’ll have to act quickly as both of them are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. However, at this point, it would be a surprise if the Capitals re-signed either one.

With the acquisition of Mike Ribeiro on Friday, the Capitals might have already filled the offensive void that Semin’s absence would have created.

Washington still has some cap space to work with, so they might seek to further compensate for their potential losses during the free agent period. However, McPhee isn’t making any promises.

“I don’t mind where we are,” McPhee said. “We’ll explore some things in free agency but I don’t think we’re desperate to do anything.”

  1. capsrockva - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Good riddance Semin. Don’t take too many stupid penalties in Russia

  2. londonfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    The buzz are the caps locker room was that he “didn’t care”. If his playing was him “not caring”, I’d love to see him gain interest. I’d hate to see him leave DC, but you never really knows what happens in the locker room.

  3. zaksyuk - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    semin to the redwings or russia unless some other team wants to overspend lol

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