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It turns out Detroit was never seriously after Semin

Jul 26, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

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With Alexander Semin signing with the Carolina Hurricanes on a one-year, $7 million deal it presents another missed free agent opportunity for the Detroit Red Wings. According to Semin’s agent, however, it’s an opportunity Detroit wasn’t exactly chasing.

Ansar Khan of reports the Wings never seriously pursued the free agent Russian.

Semin’s agent, Todd Diamond, told that he had only one conversation with the Detroit Red Wings.

“It never got serious with them,” Diamond said.

It seems a bit curious that Detroit would keep their distance from Semin considering Pavel Datsyuk‘s familiarity with him, even playing on a line together during the World Championships, and the possibility he could help Semin feel more comfortable having a fellow Russian to play with there.

Detroit has now missed out on landing Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, Shea Weber, and now Semin in an offseason that sees the Wings with oodles of salary cap space to splurge on. While Suter and Parise worked out their own deal with the Wild and Weber was a RFA, landing Semin would’ve at least required a big money one-year offer.

You have to wonder if perhaps GM Ken Holland has a trick up his sleeve to go after Bobby Ryan or if perhaps he’s waiting out a possible labor storm.

  1. kwall55 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I wouldn’t exactly call Semin a “missed opportunity” when the Wings didn’t want him… Good article though >.>

    • polegojim - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      I think the Red Wings DODGED a bullet… by NOT getting him.

      He’s another Jiri Hudler type… occasional flash… very little bang… ZERO toughness.

      CreamPuff if there ever was one.

  2. chasingfisher - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    I would really like to understand what Kenny is thinking. Not to say passing on semin was a bad move but he would have added value for a one year, not spending 7mm on him though. My only thoughts are he is preping for a deal for Bobby Ryan, waiting to see how the CBA works out, or waiting to spend on next years UFA’s. He hasn’t made a big splash by any means this summer and i have confidence in him but seriously what are you thinking Kenny caus we are going to struggle to make the playoffs with the lineup we have.

  3. hockinj25 - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    So we missed out on him when we didn’t want him?

  4. hockeydon10 - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    The problem with Alex Semin?

    Perception and focusing on the wrong thing.

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Where are all the Wings fans that were telling me the Wings should and would be after Semin?
    No where to be found

    Let that be a lesson to yas

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      And oh yes let that be a lesson to every PHT blogger here as well.
      All of you constantly interjected the notion that Semin might be a Red Wing, that there may be some interest, and there never was any interested from the Wings. It should have been obvious, there should have been articles pointing out all the reasons why is was never going to happen. Because it never was, not even close. I’d like to think you all know Kenny Holland since he is the best, and that all of yas would have seen that Semin and the Wings were like Oil and Water.

    • copperbeliever - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Nowhere is one word. Let that be a lesson to YOU!

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Oh ya, the conversation went like this
    “Hi Kenny interested in my clients services this season?”

    Kenny “No”

  7. sergeikremlin - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Detroit is focusing on their own business plan and not conforming to the market or over-extending. This is what makes them such a great organization.

    They draft, develop, sign, and trade according to their own values and principles.

    In my opinion, they are going to rely on their stars and give the next generation a chance to make a big step and save money for next year’s FA class.

    • ray2013 - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:30 AM

      I mean no disrespect, but who said that next year’s FA class will be any better than this year’s draft class? Many players that are supposed to come up for free agency next year could easily sign long-term or very long-term contracts with their current teams.

      I’ve read a number of articles saying this year’s FA class was so horrible because teams locked up their top talent to long-term deals before they become UFAs. If the trend continues, who knows who will be available?

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