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No talks between Semin and Caps

Jun 29, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

Alexander Semin AP

There have been no contract discussions between the Capitals and Alexander Semin, agent Mark Gandler tells

Moreover, Gandler doesn’t expect any talks to occur before Sunday, or for the Caps to trade Semin’s rights.

“There’s still time [to trade Semin’s rights] if that’s what they want to do,” said Gandler. “But with every day there’s less and less opportunity. … There are no backdoor conversations.”

Semin is arguably the biggest wildcard of free agency. The 28-year-old is a three-time 30-goal scorer, including one 40-goal season in 2009-10. But like teammate Alex Ovechkin, his production fell off significantly when the Caps altered their style from run-and-gun to a more conservative approach.

In the right circumstances, it’s not unthinkable that Semin could score 40 again. Where to find those circumstances  — and at what price? — is the challenge.

Related: UFA spotlight — Alexander Semin

  1. kingfooj - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    This sounds like a silent-treatment break up with a spoiled girlfriend

  2. rockthered1286 - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    “Oh we’re sorry Semin. We figured since you only gave us a half assed effort on the rink, we’d go ahead and approach your expiring contract the same way…”

    -Teddy Leonsis & Co.

  3. steviep23 - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Should’ve traded him while we had the chance. Tons of talent, no passion.

  4. bcjim - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    WHy not trade his rights?

  5. ferrytales1 - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    He might look ok in a Canucks uniform on the wing next to Kesler.

    The Canucks need to get the checking line in order first though, to take the defensive weight off of Kesler when he returns.

  6. polegojim - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    He needs to play with team mates who will kick him in the butt for non-performance.

    Canucks just don’t have that in them….as evidenced by…. well, too long of a list.

  7. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Teams who want nothing to do with certain players do not talk to those certain players


  8. letangusespertplus - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    teams who cant motivate their star (not so gr8) to play shouldnt expect more from anyone else.

  9. jfullan89 - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Maybe he would try harder if the entire team wasn’t bowing down to Ovi, who didn’t do much and only proves the point that one guy can’t do it I’ll take my chances on him and see how he likes it with datsyuk and zetterberg feeding him pucks instead of watching ovi skate it end to end. C mon to Detroit and see what it feels like to look up and see nothing but banners hanging.

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