Alexander Semin has been silent in the Stanley Cup playoffs, both with his scori

Maybe the conversation would be different had the puck left Alexander Semin’s stick — where it found itself in the first period of Game 5 Friday night — and somehow made its way behind Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak . Semin’s wrist shot, fired in a blur from the left circle behind a screen — “one of the best shots in the league, if not the best,” according to teammate Tom Poti — instead found Halak’s pad.

When Semin tracked down the rebound and tried a different tactic, whacking at the puck as he stood just inches from the goal, Halak absorbed it again. Bodies flew into the net. Semin , without a goal in a lengthening playoff series for the Washington Capitals, began to scrap with Montreal center Dominic Moore. It did no good.

Thus, the conversation heading into Monday’s Game 6 — the Capitals’ second chance to eliminate the Canadiens and advance — remains the same. Washington, the most dangerous offensive team in the league, is getting no production from Semin , one of the league’s most dangerous offensive players. Through five games, he has no goals and one assist, and his propensity for seemingly drifting in and out of consciousness has only fueled the story line.

“A lot of people are talking about it,” said Capitals forward Brooks Laich, one of Semin’s linemates. “Despite what the media’s saying, we’re not concerned about [Semin ].”

That is the appropriate tone for a teammate to take in the midst of what has been, for the most part, a tightly contested series. But there is a reason why Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau snapped off his answers about Semin’s performance after the 2-1 loss in Game 5. He is counted on to score goals. He has not done so. And that has an effect not only on Semin, but on the entire lineup — particularly the top line of Alex Ovechkin , Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble.

35 Responses to Alexander Semin has been silent in the Stanley Cup playoffs, both with his scori

  1. hockey_lover says:

    Didnt Semin do the same thing last year? Disappear in the playoffs?

    He's becoming the new version of Joe Thornton.

  2. reinjosh says:

    yep, no points in the Pittsburgh – Washington series last year.

    Does this impact his value next offseason? Does this lead to a Washington trade for defensive depth and maybe a goalie?

  3. hockey_lover says:

    I doubt it. He is still a stud player and someone will pay what he is worth, playoff success or not.

    I dont think that teams are going to offer less for Joe Thornton because of that either. He will fetch a HUGE return if they choose to go that route.

  4. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Goaltending is not a problem for the Caps because their two future goaltenders are high goaltending prospects (Varlamov and Neuvrith).

    Also, Varlamov seens to elevate his game in the playoffs then the regular season. Something interesting for a very young prospect as well

  5. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Personally, I really think Semin needs to elevate his game somehow. With so much forcus on that first line, it should of made it an easier series for him, he has just disappeared.

    He's not the only one though

    I think Green, Laich and Fleischmann all need to be better offensively, they've been for the most part invisible

    If these guys step up, the playoffs should be a breeze for them until the conference finals

  6. mojo19 says:

    I agree that they have two good young goalies, but let's say Varlamov is just so-so next round and the Caps go out, if I were McPhee I would seriously consider some kind of Semin for Vokoun swap (other factors could be involved but these would be the principals in the trade). Since Washington is a built to win now team it might be worthwhile to get that stud goalie for next year before everyone gets all their raises and they can't afford to keep their core intact any longer. In a cap world there is a window to win, and then you have to retool.

  7. Kramer says:

    I smell another plot here.

    Like the old saying, how come cannibals don't like to eat clowns?  Because they taste funny.

    Same thing with conspiracies. Something funny going on.

  8. cam7777 says:

    Ah, but they are both unrestricted free agents next year, and both likely to test free agency if not resigned by their current clubs.  In fact, it has been speculated that Semin is already sure to test free agency, so trading for him might be worthless.

  9. cam7777 says:

    They'll probably just sign someone cheap and look for a pickup at next year's deadline.  Resign Theodore on the cheap and let him and Varlamov duke it out till the trade deadline.  Then:

    To TOR: 1st in 2011
    To WSH: J.S. Giguere

    Who better to push them the distance in the playoffs than one of the best playoff goalies in recent memory?  If they trade Semin, they'd probably want two roster players – a solid defensemen, and some kind of forward replacement for Semin.

  10. Magleaf says:

    What ever happened with giggy not going anywhere?

  11. cam7777 says:

    I'm talking about the last 18 games of the season next year.  He won't be traded this off-season is what I meant.  The whole point of bringing him in is to have him mentor Gustavsson through a season.  However, we will be in a position to get a return for him after he's done that job. 

    I could see him being a sought after trade deadline acquisition if he has a good year next year – much like Vokoun this year, except we'll actually move him.

    At that point, Rynnas or Reimer can come in and see who is more qualified to back up Gustavsson (if either of them).

  12. leafy says:

    Unbelievable goaltending by Halak tonight. Shades of Patrick Roy in 1986 and 1993.

  13. mojo19 says:

    Rinne is burnt out. 4-3 at the end of the first, time for Ellis. I can't help but think that if they'd put in Ellis midway through last game the Preds would be on the verge of eliminating the Hawks right now instead of fighting for their lives.

  14. leafmeister says:

    Totally agree. Halak is the man. I think Price's showing in game 4, combined with Halak's miraculous play, means the Price is wrong for MTL. Price is gonna be a good goalie, but I think Montreal fans have broken his brain, and he needs a new city, preferably a Southern one to work out his game.

    Horton for Price? It would finally add some much needed size to MTL's forward core, and gives Florida a young goalie, who should thrive a low pressure situation.

  15. albertateams says:
    Halak was just amazing tonight. With his play this year, I don't think there is any question who the Canadians are going to sign longterm. I really think that the writing is on the wall for Price and he will be dealt this summer. I don't think they would move him to an Eastern conference team so that leaves the following western teams that are in need of goaltending.

    San Jose – Nabokov won't be back unless he takes them to the cup finals. Could be part of a major shakeup in San Jose. 

    Edmonton – would love to have him for the rebuild.
    Dallas – is Lehtonen really the answer?
    St Louis – Mason has been solid but I doubt he is resigned.
    Chicago – they would have to shed Heut's contract but they definitely have the assets to obtain Price and would be more than happy to go with Price and Neimi.
  16. mojo19 says:

    Sharks will go after Turco, I'm calling it now

  17. mojo19 says:

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  18. cam7777 says:

    Except the Panthers believe they are super deep in goal.  Problem is, whoever they trade Price for, has to be cheap, because they're going to be pressed to the cap next year, even with signing only Hiller (assuming they also get Plekanec resigned).

  19. broc says:

    The best thing about Semin is, he's the guy who last year (or was it the year before) said there's nothing special about Crosby… he said Patrick Kane at least has good moves and is exciting, and praised a couple other guys.. but he didn't think there was anything special about Crosby.

    I wonder if a Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal since then has changed his mind. Where's Semin been lately anyway?

  20. reinjosh says:

    Varlamov hasn't been great though, in the first round. If the Caps end up losing (which I don't see) or he has the same type of round next round, you better believe they go hard after Ellis. If he doens't sign then I think they try for a trade.

  21. reinjosh says:

    Yeah, Ive said that for a while. Price will be a good, even great, goalie but its something he will never do in Montreal. Montreal needs to trade him now to get a nice return and give Price a chance. As much as Montreal doesn't want to trade away a potential franchise goalie, he won't be that in Montreal.

    I say he goes to Philly for JVR with other pieces maybe.

  22. reinjosh says:

    Well they have Markstrom who is just insane when he plays, but he hasn't played in the NA game yet. I think they could have a situation like Gustavsson, where he needs time to develop in the North American game.

  23. reinjosh says:

    awesome man.

    how long does it take you to shoot one episode?

  24. mojo19 says:

    About an hour then my producer picks the parts he likes best and they edit it down to 4-5 mins.

    Except the one when i'm at the bar that was over about a 3-hour span and we had to change batteries in the camera. That's why I go from being kind of tipsy to being pretty drunk all the sudden.

    Thanks for watching it though

  25. albertateams says:

    I think he goes west why take the chance of playing against him so often within your conference. St. Louis or Edmonton would be a good fit for him.

  26. Boston_Bruins says:

    Like it was said above, no need for a young goalie when they have Markstrom. I think he's the real deal and in my opinion rivals Bernier for the best goalie prospect in the world.

    Horton has got to be traded though as that relationship has gone sour. They already have their bulding block in goal, and after this draft will have their stud defenseman in Fowler or Gudbranson, so I think they should be looking for a top level prospect and a first round pick for him.

  27. Boston_Bruins says:

    I doubt St. Louis would do it but if the Canadiens could work out a trade to get Backes out of St. Louis that would be great for them. Enough of all of these small soft players, a guy like Backes could do wonders for them. 

  28. albertateams says:

    There was a rumor from Eklund (I know hes not that credible) that Calgary was looking at obtaining Weiss and Horton. It didn't mention who would be going the other way, but you would think it would have to a combination of two of Regher, Sarich, Langkow or Hagman plus picks or prospects to make it work from a cap perspective. The teams do have a history of trades and Calgary has been interested in Horton for a while now.

  29. reinjosh says:

    Weiss and Iggy could be a solid line. Add in Horton and you go yourself a solid top 6 with the right wing being the weak side.

    Regehr would be a must and they would likely want Langkow plus Nemisz and one of the Flames defensive prospects.

  30. Boston_Bruins says:

    I don't really see the Panthers picking up older players though. They should be concentrating on a full-fledged rebuild. However, with that franchise struggling the way it is, maybe they will do that.

  31. reinjosh says:

    Regehr is young enough (at 29) to be a mentor for the youngsters and still help the team

  32. DannyLeafs says:

    I have never been a fan of Semin. From his embarrassing fight, to his stupid comments, to his playoff disappearing acts. I know his point totals from the last two playoff years were solid, but he always seems to just rack up points in games that are already in hand. That trick is getting old fast, he just never seems to make meaningful contributions.

    I really think Washington would be better off if they moved this guy for a more well rounded forward, or a package of guys who will actually contribute. I also think this year could be the best year to move him. Start asking around to the GM's that were active in the Kovalchuk sweepstakes but ended up missing out.

    A team like Chicago that really wants to be a player for Kovalchuk that will likely miss out because of cap issues could be the ideal candidate. Bowman would probably fall all over himself if he managed to add a 40 goal scorer to his line up while shedding salary all in one move.

    to WSH:

    to CHI:

    I know he is not likely going anywhere, but I really think that fresh off a 40 goal season, even if he continues to have a really disappointing playoffs, in a year when several teams are going to feel they came up short of landing Kovalchuk, it might be the best time for this team to cash in on an asset that really doesn't seem to fit that well on this team.

  33. reinjosh says:

    Do the Hawks really need to add him though? they already have 3 top end forwards in Toews, Hossa and Semin. How much more is a 4th going to help and it could just as easily hurt them through depth loss.

  34. albertateams says:

    FLA: Regher, Langkow, Nemizs, Moss
    CAL: Horton, Weiss

    Bourque(3.3) Weiss(3.1) Iginla(7)
    Hagman(3) Stajan(3.5) Horton(4)
    Dawes(.85) Backlund(1.2) Kotalik(3)
    Glencross(1.2) Nystrom(1.1) Mayers(1)

    J-bo(6.7) White(3.5)
    Giordano(.89) Sarich(3.6)
    Staios (2.7) Pardy(.7)

    Kipper (5.8)
    Toskala (1.0)

    57.14 Cap hit

    It sucks losing Regher hes great back there but it really gives you a nice group of forwards top two lines are pretty solid. The defense would be OK and with a couple of stay at home defensemen coming up in Pelech and Negrin it doesn't hurt that much.

    If Calgary had to though in a defensive prospect or middle round pick to get it done it would be worth it.

    Florida gets one of the best shut down dmen in the league, a veteran center to help with some of the younger forwards, a good prospect in Nemisz and a 28 year old former 20 goal scorer.

  35. DannyLeafs says:

    Honestly I think it would be a bad move for the Hawks, but if they are interested in Kovalchuk, and can't get him, and they know they are going to have to dump some salaries, I could see them going for something like this. I also don't think Semin is going anywhere this summer, but I am just saying that if Washington made him available, teams that miss out on Kovalchuk would likely take a stab at landing him.

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