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Will the Senators express an interest in Semin?

Jul 8, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring the game winning goal in the shootout against the Montreal Canadiens at the Verizon Center on March 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Capitals won the game 3-2.
(March 30, 2012 - Source: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

According to recent reports, the Ottawa Senators have pursued Rick Nash, only to find out that he didn’t want to play there. They then turned their attention to Bobby Ryan, but they aren’t the only ones that want the Ducks’ winger.

Could Plan C be Alexander Semin? The Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan thinks it should be.

As things stand right now, the Ottawa Senators are one of several teams that are below the salary cap floor, so one way or another, they need to fix that. Adding Semin would solve that issue while providing them with a player who is good for 20 goals and 50 points even in a bad season.

As mentioned earlier, the knock on Semin seems to be related more to his reputation than his than his statistics. There’s also likely a disconnect between the kind of money he thinks he’s worth and what NHL teams are willing to give him.

Still, the Ottawa Senators are the type of team that are in a good position to roll the dice on Semin. Brennan argues that they have the players in place to show Semin the ropes and impart some wisdom on him if the common sentiments about him prove to be accurate.

In particular, fellow countryman Sergei Gonchar might be a positive influence on Semin in the same way that he was for Evgeni Malkin. During his Hart Trophy acceptance speech, Malkin took the time to thank Gonchar for his help when they were playing together in Pittsburgh.

If Semin is willing to accept a one-to-two year contract, then the Senators will also mitigate their risks in the event that things don’t work out. For a team that’s moving in the right direction, but is still going through a transitional phase, it might make sense for the Senators to be the ones to roll the dice on him.

  1. finfan88shark - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Doubtful, because it is being reported he will sign with Pitt on monday

  2. norvturnersneck - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Will the Senators express an interest in Semin?
    As long as it is not semen, that’s fine with me.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Rumor has it that Eugene Melnyk wants to increase assets on the team because he wants to put it up for sale in the near future (heard that on Prime Time Sports a couple of weeks ago) so take that for what it’s worth.

  4. respectsoupcansthickstick - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    if semin wants to come to the franchise then he needs an attitude adjustment. soup can sid will have to drop his nut sack on his eye lids and teach him how to become gurthy.

  5. letangusespertplus - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    semin will add 2 inches of girth if he signs an offer sheet from shero. it’s just science (and the actual reason they built the large hadron collider, higgs boson can suck it). why do you think everyone wants to play in the greatest sports city in the world?

  6. respectsoupcansthickstick - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    glad to see you back letangusespert!! soup can army strong.. stay thick boys

    • drunkbro - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      get some friends bro.. talking to yourself via multiple names in the comments section

  7. respectsoupcansthickstick - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    you must be from philthadelphia bro. cus only uneducated retards bro say bro after every sentence bro. cmon bro get your head out of ur ass bro and realize bro how girthy and great bro the soup can army is bro. STAY THICK BRO

  8. GenoPringles - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Ya Bro get some friends Bro. The soup can nation bro is thick bro. Don’t hate the Franchise Bro. Not our fault Bro that we are the city where legends are made bro. Go get drunk Bro, and stay off the army’s thick jock Bro. Bro

  9. letangusespertplus - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    bro is just mad cause he couldn’t get backstage passes to the nickelback show. his perm wasn’t set in long enough.

  10. fleuryspearlywhites - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    testing 1.2. soup can army testing, 1.2.

  11. wakegoalie27 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Wow man you need some help.

    The pens would be wise to sign semin, he can be a cancer on the next team he signs with. I’m a flyer fan living I caps country and I have seen the cancer that this guy is. He’s a very wishy washy player with no heart.

    With that said if any team can get him on track then you’ve got yourself an amazingly talented top THREE forward with 30 goal potential.

  12. hockeyknowledge - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    thinking to much with your amygdala, not your cerebral cortex.

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