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Reports: Alex Semin has no timetable to sign, may have monster KHL offer

Jul 9, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

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You could argue that Alexander Semin is the best free agent left on the market and probably be right. The lack of action the up-and-down Russian winger has seen, however, tells us something else is up. After all, a guy capable of 30-40 goals per season shouldn’t just sit around waiting for an offer in a thin free agent year.

Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports reports Semin doesn’t have a timetable set on when to sign a deal, regardless of who a contract offer comes from be it the KHL or the NHL. While he has offers from teams, Semin wouldn’t confirm who made them.

One team that may have made an offer is CSKA Moscow in the KHL. According to Slava Malamud of Sport-Express in Russia, Semin may have a three-year, $30 million offer from Sergei Fedorov’s team. It’s not confirmed if that offer is legitimate, however. While that’s bigger money than he would see in the NHL, contracts in Russia aren’t guaranteed.

While there are teams in the NHL that could use Semin’s offensive abilities, it seems his history of being difficult to handle on and off the ice is seemingly scaring teams off.

  1. pensfan8771 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    no thanks from pittsburgh please

    • theenutty - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Yeah….who wants a guy who can put up 30g/year playing along side Crosby….a guy who youll get for about half the price of parise…..yeah….who would want that…..

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        The operative word in the above statement is “can.” There’s no question the guy has skill, but he’s so unreliable. He only plays when he wants to, and when he doesn’t want to put in the effort he is a liability on the ice taking silly penalties and not back checking.

        If you could guarantee we’d get his A game, or even his B game, 80% of the time I’d say go for it. Unfortunately it seems that the most you can get is his A game 50% of the time and his D game the rest.

  2. letangusespertplus - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    seminslaughterssweatysnatch is comin

    • therealjr - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Are mods comin to get rid of idiots like you?

      • letangusespertplus - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        why is a girl posting on a hockey blog?

  3. mattj2524 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I feel like the fact that this dude is the definition of a one-way player makes anything outside of 3 years seem like a complete overcommitment. And his health issues on top of it – 3mil a year almost seems excessive. Combine with that, the fact that I’m sure he and his agent are looking for something closer to 5 years 25-30 mil – I see Russian Elite in Alexander’s future…

  4. greej1938l - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Yeah he’s not even that good

  5. jpelle82 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    he is dumb if he doesnt go back to russia. its pretty clear no one wants him in the nhl (or at least wont commit to him) and he will make more money there. i find it hard to believe due to his track record that he actually cares about winning a cup or playing in north america. he will be a super hero in russia, will not surprise me if he is in the khl by august.

  6. Stiller43 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Please god no. Burgh doesnt want you!!

  7. semin28 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Hes a awesome player you ask me, not one of your players have 40 goals in a season eff Pittsburg

    • handsofsweed - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Nope, not one, but TWO, in fact. And three, if you figure in that Crosby dude just maybe getting to 40.

  8. purpleguy - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Why any Russian player would go to the KHL and fly in those crash-prone rust buckets is beyond me.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      30 million guaranteed vs 4 million

      • puckhead1966 - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        Except the 30 million would not be guaranteed, you need to read the article a little better. His NHL contract would be guaranteed, not the KHL one. I,ll help you out.

        While that’s bigger money than he would see in the NHL, contracts in Russia aren’t guaranteed.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Oh really, Did not know that. Either way, Im fairly certain he would see all that 30 million barring massive injury.

      • bethgoesglobal - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:11 AM

        It says something that he hasn’t just signed with the KHL and that juicy contract. I think he wants to stay in the NHL and wants the chance to prove himself. He needs a change in environment but looking at his play from the playoffs it does seem that he IS willing to work on his game.

    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:05 AM

      That’s just wrong! Really disrespectful.

  9. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Oh and I won’t say I told you so
    Ill just say I informed you thusly

    Why oh Why I Semin still a FA?
    Why hasn’t the Red Wings and their long history of signing players with no heart, who have proven to be uncoachable, who do not have a defensive bone in their body, scooped up this guy? Holland must be dumb right?

    Im surprised though nobody has brought up the gay rumor yet though, because it has been questioned about Semin. It’s kind of sad that in 2012 it’s a reality that a gay hockey player would effect team chemistry in the locker room, but it only takes a small group of players not to be comfortable with it and pow, you have a negative because of their issues.

    In case you never heard or knew, Semin, like many Europeans are a lil more touchy feely when they get drunk. Semin gets buzzed and likes to giggle while grabbing guys rear ends “as a joke”. No i’m not making it up. I has been said he is that guy who gets drunk and finds humor it pretending to be gay…so much that people wonder if he is closeted.

    Of course this doesn’t help alter thatis perception.

    • puckhead1966 - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Gay doesn’t matter, as long as they take the man!

  10. sergeikremlin - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    He’s always been enigmatic. Not surprised it’s the same in free agency. Hope he stays in the NHL, where he belongs, and the team that gets him will be pleased.

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