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Report: Capitals likely to trade Alexander Semin’s rights

Jun 27, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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A lot has changed for the Washington Capitals in the last few days, but the biggest alterations sent mixed signals about Alexander Semin‘s future with the team. Bringing in a former offensive great in Adam Oates as the new coach and adding Mike Ribeiro‘s splendid passing skills gave some late reason for hope. Yet seeing Dennis Wideman scuttled off dampens that hope and Darren Dreger reports that Semin’s days are still almost certainly numbered.

“Far from news-breaking, but good possibility the Capitals trade Alex Semin‘s rights.”

On one hand, that seems like a foregone conclusion. Yet now that the Capitals finally have their long-sought-after second center in Ribeiro, I must admit a slight touch of sadness. It would have been intriguing to watch the Capitals roll with two duos (Alex OvechkinNicklas Backstrom, Ribeiro-Semin) that could evoke Miracle’s “pass, shoot, score” mantra like few in the NHL.

Still, it seems pretty obvious that the Caps lost their patience with a winger who typified the “mercurial” and “enigmatic” labels often attached to Russian scorers.

Whether it’s by trade or free agency, Washington can replace some of the “oomph” lost by jettisoning Semin, although some of us will wonder what could have been.

  1. bcisleman - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Semin has often been linked to Isles and it seems like Garth Snow is looking to make moves to improve the team. He might work well in PA Parenteau’s slot alongside JT & Moulson.

    • danphipps01 - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Dude, you make a post like this about very nearly every player who isn’t completely awful. And also now Alex Semin.

      • bcisleman - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:41 PM

        That’s true…but each player would be good for different reasons. For example, Doan would make a great mentor for the young Islander forwards. Doug Weight was supposed to be that, but he didn’t have enough left in the tank. Semin’s skills might be enhanced playing with JT & Matt.

      • stakex - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        Doan might fit that role, but he would never go to the Islanders. Hes 35 and probably wants to win a cup… not play for the worst team in the NHL that has zero chance to win a cup in the next 10 years.

        In fact, no good player with a choice is likely to go to the Islanders for the forseeable future. As sad as it might be, the Islanders are a horrible hockey team that has no certainty for their future. They are the current armpit of the NHL that all players want to avoid. So stop fooling yourself into thinking there is a chance any of these good players will end up there…. because they won’t unless they have absolutely no other choice.

  2. lordfletcher - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM


    5th round pick at the highest, 6th most likely…. I wouldn’t trade for them at all, Semin has proven he isn’t worthy of a top contact that someone would be willing to pay, let alone trade for his rights.

    just my .02

    • polegojim - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      I wonder Fletch… frankly, his role model on Caps is ‘guilty’ as charged, a 30% mail-in player.

      What if the environment demanded better? I like him.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        what if.. you’re correct, what if.

        but I like my team better going in a different direction than him.

        You like him, I don’t. That’s probably the correct ratio for GM’s in the NHL.


  3. polegojim - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Which team has been exceptionally quiet lately???

    I just got an interesting message… ; )

    • ravenscaps48 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Go on….

  4. hockinj25 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    I don’t see a reason for a team to trade for a player’s rights this close to the start of free agency. It will be tough to get a deal done in the 3 days (if it happened tomorrow) and he would end up testing the market anyway.

  5. matto8929 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    he’d be welcome in Pittsburgh. would play great with Malkin.

  6. stakex - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I’ve been one of Semin’s biggest critics over the years, and feel he is a main reason the Caps haven’t won the cup (that and goaltending). You can’t have a guy who scores 40 goals in the regular season completely vanish in the playoffs, and thats Semin’s MO.

    With that said, I would be willing to bet there are a lot of teams interested in him. Even with his on and off lack of desire, hes still a top tier scorer who is capable of putting up big numbers. For a team thats in desperate need of scoring, or just some extra punch… hes a viable option in a year with a very thin market for big time scorers. Thats especially true since hes not likely to make anywhere close to the $7.5 he made last season.

    This of course all depends on Semin, and if he actually wants to stay in the NHL.

  7. kingfooj - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    semin for hudler, skill that will get put in his place with a team that russians respect, for a responsible playmaker.

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