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POLL: Nash, Ryan, Doan or Semin — who would you want?

Jul 9, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

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OK, so here’s the deal. You’re a GM in need a forward. You have the opportunity to get one of Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Shane Doan, or Alex Semin. (Or, you can do nothing.)

Of course, each one comes with a price…

To get Nash, you’ll have to give up a solid roster player, a couple of decent prospects, and a first-round pick. Plus you have to take on his contract, which has six years left at a cap hit of $7.8 million.

To get Ryan, it’s the same price as Nash. Contract: three years left, cap hit $5.1 million.

To get Doan, you have to give him a three-year deal with a $5 million cap hit and a no-trade clause.

To get Semin, it’s one year for $2 million, and if it works out he’s promised to re-sign a reasonable deal (and we’ll assume he won’t break his promise).

Or, again, you can do nothing.

  1. redwingsfan999 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Doan, only cuz I’m a wings fan and I see him fitting in the best with the wings, he’s physical and can still play the game which is what the wings need

  2. tmoore4075 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    I’m voting as a Wings fan in who I think fits the best and that’s Nash. Him and Datsyuk would be great together.

    Now if you are talking as if I’m just picking one to bring in a star player maybe I’m looking at Ryan. A little younger and a little less of a cap hit right now.

    • ct14flyers - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Who do you think the next Wings captain will be? I’m assuming Zetterberg but I wouldn’t mind seeing Datsyuk with the C either.

      • tmoore4075 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        Zetterberg for sure. He’s always seemed to be being groomed to be the next captain. He seems to follow the mold of Yzerman and Lidstrom who lead mostly on the ice. Been waiting to get my Zetterberg jersey for like 5 years cause I figured he’d be next captain and wanted to have the C on it.

  3. jpelle82 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    semin for 1 year 2 million….that would never happen…he will want 4-5 mill if not more

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      Then Semin wouldn’t get a single vote, just like he hasn’t received an offer in that range

  4. ct14flyers - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    As a Flyers fan I have to say Doan. Physical, a leader, and a proven goal scorer. But I would love to have Nash or Ryan if it didn’t mean giving up Couturier or Schenn.

  5. ballsohardu - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Semin. Cheap reasonable. You would need to get trade raped to get Nash

  6. capesouth - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    As a Bs fan it is either Doan or Ryan. For me, in both cases, age plays a big part. Ryan is still young and would obviously be an incredible addition to an already relatively young core who puts up above avg offensive numbers. He would put them over the top plus the Bs have a solid center the Ducks would want as PART of the deal. Doan is older but I think the Bs could use a solid, veteran presence up front so in this case, bc of the way Doan is as a player and leader, his age is only a benefit. Plus, he is w/o a cup and at his age, is probably pretty eager to get one. Having that influence on a talented team who recently won the cup is a positive. In other words, he reminds them what it’s all about and maybe they play a little harder for him. Nash is too expensive although having another power forward on the Bs is tantalizing. Semin is the opposite of anything the Bs represent. Go to the KHL.

  7. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    As a pens fan I want ryan. Whether he is lining up with Crosby or Malkin he is right handed shot who would have an elite left handed center feeding him.

    Malkin took james neal from 25 goals to 40 goals. Either Sid or Geno could take ryan from 30 or 35 to 45 or 50.

  8. kotteintheslot - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    As a Caps fan I can say that Semin is not worth the headache. CBJ is asking the world for Nash. That leaves Doan or Ryan. If it’s a quick fix, Doan has the leadership and is a great player, but Ryan is 25 and has gotten 30 goals every year he has been in the league excluding his rookie year when he played only 23 games. I choose Ryan.

  9. sjsharks66 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM


  10. Stiller43 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    As a pens fan: bobby ryan.

  11. comeonnowguys - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Ryan. Nash isn’t worth life without my firstborn and the eternity in hell.

  12. dkphilly1122 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    As a Flyer’s fan, I’d without a doubt bring Bobby Ryan back to his home. I love Doan and he’d be my second choice for his leadership to help the young studs we have like Jagr did with Giroux last year. Not to mention Doan still has skill to bring with the leadership. If the Flyers get Ryan, I see Doan going to the Redwings or Kings. Otherwise the Flyers will be in on him like they are on all big names.

    • ct14flyers - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Ryan even for Schenn or Couturier?

    • mattj2524 - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      What Jagr did with Giroux last year???

      You mean what Giroux did with Jagr last year? Hartnell had his best year as a pro last year because he played with Claude. JVR got his 4 and change per year contract because of one post-season on a line with Claude.

      When Jagr has 1/2 the points he had last year 40 games in this year with Dallas, it’s going to be pretty obvious that Jagr didn’t do much for Giroux.

      That being said, if you take the money and the players necessary for aquiring these guys out of the equation, Nash is the clear cut answer to this question, for any team. Youth, strength, wears the C on a team who is a perenial cellar dweller and still puts up great numbers – he’s a beast. Not to take anything away from Doan, or Ryan – but all things considered (because Doan and Ryan aren’t coming your way cheap either) Nash has to be the choice.

      However, because money is involved – save the money, add no one, and give Weber god-like money once he hits FA – assuming he doesn’t go back to Nashville.

      • andyb02 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        All he meant was that Jagr was a leader and role model for Giroux.

  13. sjtorpitt - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Pens will prob keep the Neal-malkin-cunitz line together.. Prob Ryan maybe semin next to Sid.

  14. wakegoalie27 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    I would take semin as a flyer fan for a 1 year try.

    Ryan would be the best fit but schen clearly isn’t going anywhere and no way in hell should we trade coots, at 19 he is an incredible asset as a defensive minded offensive power forward! This kid will be the one people compare two way forwards to and to trade him would be incredibly stupid move by homer!

  15. jrod691 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I’d prefer Bobby Ryan but no way the ducks trade in-division to the Sharks. Nash costs too much. I’d rather have pavs couture or even Clowe over him at this point. Since Ryan isn’t happening and Nash requires giving up too much Id have to go with Doan.

  16. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Is it bad form to say I got who I (and everyone else) wanted? 😉 Let’s go Wild!

  17. ironcity6pak - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    None, rather wait till the trade deadline.

  18. sergeikremlin - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    1 year 2 mill for Semin is more unrealistic than what Howson is demanding for Nash. That said, I’d take Rick Nash all day. You get the best player (an elite franchise player like Nash to boot), you win the trade and improve your team by a long shot.

  19. thraiderskin - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Semin, if you can get away with getting a solid (more than solid) F, without losing key roleplayers or future potentials, awesome. It almost seems like this questions was weighted.

  20. cloudniner9 - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    As a Bs fan Doan is a great deal, strong leadership and work ethic would make him a natural Bruin, Nash and Ryan are just too expensive and lets face it the Bs are good enough they don’t need either one of them, plus PC will not give up any of the bounty of future talent coming down the pipe.
    As for Semin could you see him working for claude Julien, first time he pulled his lazy BS he would be in the press box never to be seen again.

  21. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Don’t simply buy into the hype. It’s easy to see opinion style labels like “coach killer”, “enigmatic russian”, and “lazy” and just accept them as truth.

    In reality the data doesn’t support that.

    Let’s just ignore the fact that Boudreau was always one big mac away from flying off the handle. Or that alex ovechkin for all his skill, still has goon tendencies.


    Let’s be honest about the fact that a lot of the negative opinions about alex semin came from guys on tsn, which obviously has a strong canadian bias……….Canadians can praise Malkin as much as they want but they will always think russians are “all skill and no will”.

    It MIGHT just be that the capitals as a whole took on Boudreau’s rollercoaster persona. It MIGHT just be that as their captain went so did the capitals.

    If Malkin says to shero……”Semin is a douche” then alright there is testimony from a legit source but I’m not willing to let TSN dictate my opinion on whether a guy like semin can help my team and YOU shouldn’t either.

  22. watchfullhose - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Nash in a landslide

  23. tackledummy1505 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Best player in that whole mix is Bobby Ryan, hands down. Doan is the best to help your team either grow or excel come playoff time and Semin has a lot of offensive explosion to help your team out. Only problem with Semin is he’s a wild card. Nash seems like an issue. Guy just wants everything his way or else and that kind of player doesn’t sit well with me since he’s supposedly the captain of his team. Flyers should definitely go after Ryan or Doan though.

  24. neelyisgod - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Bobby Ryan

  25. rlieberman1234 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Semin, on the wing of my Pens’ 2nd line with Malkin. Guy is frustrating at times, but is a lethal sniper, him and Geno have that Russian thing too….

  26. ct14flyers - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    For all those Semin haters read this.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1608)
  2. P. Kane (1570)
  3. M. Richards (1350)
  4. P. Datsyuk (1198)
  5. N. Backstrom (1085)