Jun 29, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT
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
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