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McPhee isn’t “necessarily” surprised that Semin is still a UFA

Jul 14, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

Jason Chimera #25 celebrates with Alexander Semin #28 and Karl Alzner #27 of the Washington Capitals after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the second period of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 9, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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Alexander Semin had 21 goals and 54 points in 2011-12 and that was considered a bad season by his standards.

From a raw statistical perspective, he’s the type of player teams usually trip over to open up their checkbooks for. However, roughly two weeks into the unrestricted free agent process, Semin is still looking for work.

Maybe teams are being scared off by his reputation. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford expressed an interest in Semin, but on a short-term basis because “we’ve all heard the stories about him.”

There’s also a report that Semin has a very desirable offer from a KHL club, so maybe he’s hoping that if he holds out long enough, an NHL team will offer him something in the same ballpark.

Whatever the case may be, Capitals GM George McPhee offered a leveled reply when asked if he was surprised by the fact that Semin is still an unrestricted free agent.

“Not necessarily,” McPhee said, according to CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley. “It would have to be the right fit for him.”

When asked about the possibility of Semin re-signing with Washington, McPhee was non-committal.

“I’ve never really discussed that sort of thing, whether we’re going to sign someone or not,” McPhee said. “I’d rather not start now. I know that’s not a great answer, but I’ll just stay neutral.”

McPhee should know better than most if the stories that Rutherford has heard about Semin are fair and accurate. Washington should also still have a top-six spot available for him.

Of course, those aren’t the only potential factors that go into signing a player. Semin might simply be seeking more than McPhee has an interest in offering.

One thing is a safe bet though: Whether it’s in the KHL or NHL, Semin will find an employer for the 2012-13 campaign.

  1. ge2072 - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I think this decision may come back and bit GMGM in the #$%. That was an egregious act by TSN to say those things about him, he is a dynamic player, although he can be lazy at times. The Good Definitely outweighs the bad with Semin and thus GMGM should make him an offer

  2. stakex - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    I’m sure Semin has had more then a fair share of offers from NHL teams. Yes he has a checkered past, but a lot of players with bigger issues then Semin have easily found work in the NHL. The guy can put the puck in the net far better then most, and when his heads in the game hes easily one of the best players in the world. Of course keeping his head in the game is an issue, but hes still worth a the risk at the right price.

    With that said, he might have quite a few offers… but that doesn’t mean they are great offers (from his POV). If I had to guess, I would say most of the offers he has seen are in the $4-6 million range and are very short, possibly no longer then a season. The problem is, if the rumor is true, he may well have a three year, $30 million offer from the KHL to think about. Hes probably thinking very hard if he wants to play in the NHL, where opinion of him is quite low, for half the money or if he wants to go play in his home land for more money then he will ever make in the NHL.

    I have to say, if thats the case… I don’t blame him for thinking long and hard about it. Thats quite an offer he supposedly has from Russia.

  3. ge2072 - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    The only issued with the contract is that it’s not guaranteed as with all KHL contracts there. To be the best you have to beat the best. I dont blame Semin on not wanting to play in the KHL (only if it is his only option after the FA period is over with). I think GMGM resigns him at the end of the summer, the numbers that semin put up needs to be replaced. Even though they acquired Ribiero, its only at best 18 goals accounted for. There is still 22 goals sitting out there and they need a top six forward who can put those numbers up at the least. If theyopt not to resign Semin.

  4. desertfan - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    needs a team with a tough coach- leafs?, flyers?

    • yinzgotsix - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Who’s to say Oates wouldn’t want to give him a chance

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I won’t say I told yas so
    Just that I informed you thusly

  6. trbowman - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Semin is an underrated player who gets a lot of criticism, most of which is bogus. Caps are silly to let him walk considering he could be had fairly cheaply.

  7. capsfan19 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Had fairly cheaply?? His cap hit is almost 7 mil….im sure is asking price will be close to that.
    Besides he is very high maintenance, needing catering for his entourage etc.
    But this is not to say i wouldnt want him back. Because him, ovi and backstrom on a power play together is definitely one of the scariest in the nhl. Even thothe numbers were down last two years, i remember a time when “oh the caps on a powerplay, well just give them a goal…”

  8. dougr42 - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Let’s not forget about his ability to take in-opportune stick-related penalties. He’s almost as bad as Briere in that regard.

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