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UFA spotlight — Alexander Semin

Jun 27, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Benoit Pouliot, Alexander Semin AP

All week leading up to July 1, we’ll be profiling unrestricted free agents and speculating where they might end up.

Alexander Semin (F)

Age: 28

2011-12 cap hit: $6.7 million

The skinny: Semin is one of the more interesting available free agents. He’s a former 40-goal scorer. He’s got a tremendous shot with incredible skill and can give any team’s offense a lift when he’s on. Those are the good things.

The bad? He has a penchant for bad penalties and his effort level is questionable at times.

Semin sees himself as more than an offensive player. He wants to help kill penalties — something Japers Rink has pleaded for — and yes, he can play a bit of defense.

So, where could he end up? Well, watching him skate with Pavel Datsyuk during the World Championships made some fans in Detroit ponder the idea of Semin joining the Red Wings. We all know GM Ken Holland has cap space to work with. Would he take a chance on a guy with considerable upside?

More UFA spotlights

Ryan Suter

Zach Parise

Jason Garrison

Jiri Hudler

Justin Schultz

Shane Doan

Alexander Semin

  1. nhmac - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    HARDEST WORKING PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE

    • leafs2013 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      yea and Ovechkin is gonna be traded on sunday!
      HAHAHAHAHA
      its funny because were saying things that aren’t true!

  2. creasemasta41 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Hes also a good fighter

    • danphipps01 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      If nothing else, it’s certainly fun watching him try. XD

  3. govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Semin would work great in a place that has a coach that can keep him motivated. I never had the feeling that Boudreau or Hunter were able to do that for him (language barrier may have been a factor). If he finds the right coach, he could hit 50. If not, we’ll see more of the same Semin- lazy penalties, lack of effort, and occasional flashes of brilliance to show what might have been.

  4. matto8929 - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    What about Semin going to Pittsburgh? He’d play on Malkin’s line.

    • creasemasta41 - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Semin malkin and neal would be an amazing line, but the pens are going after parise so theyre not going to try for semin. and they know first hand how lazy he can be

      • hockeyfan1701 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

        Semin might come in play if Pittsburgh cannot get Parise.

  5. kingfooj - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Semin for hudler, straight up. Think about it before you talk, hudler has the Detroit disapline and is better in the d zone than semin. Detroit will cut the baggage off Alex and help him develop, who will probably feel like he has something to live up to, since the wings are very popular in Russia with all the history

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