Capitals’ offseason uncertainty begins with Dale Hunter, Alexander Semin

Hunter did not publicly criticize Ovechkin’s freelancing on the defensive side of the puck. And Ovechkin did not protest too loudly about his dip in ice time. But the question remains: Can the two coexist? Or better yet, does Hunter have any interest in coexisting? Hunter, of course, can resume coaching and operating the lucrative and successful London Knights junior hockey team if he so chooses. Last week, the Knights claimed the Ontario Hockey League championship.

Among the other items on General Manager George McPhee’s lengthy to-do list●Semin’s $6.7 million-per-season contract expires and he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. In each of the past two seasons, he already had signed a one-year contract extension long before now.This time figures to be more complex. The 28-year-old scored 21 goals, his lowest total since his rookie season in 2003-04, and had a typically uneven postseason performance, notching three goals against Boston and none against New York. But, for the first time, Semin can dictate where he plays and there’s no guarantee that it will be Washington.●McPhee also must make decisions on pending unrestricted free agents Mike Knuble, Tomas Vokoun, Jeff Halpern, Keith Aucoin and Wideman.

12 Responses to Capitals’ offseason uncertainty begins with Dale Hunter, Alexander Semin

  1. mtl_prince says:

    Hunter quit. Semin is a dink, no way they resign him

  2. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    I think Semin would look good in Montreal or Colorado… Maybe Nashville would take him if they're looking for some offense, or Phoenix.. Don't know if he'll fit in those systems though. 

  3. SabresFan220 says:

    Semin won't be there next season, and they would be smart to trade his negotiation rights to whoever thinks they can keep him out of the KHL. Vokoun also walks, Holtby and Neuvirth can hold the 1a 1b goaltending duties without a problem. I've always liked Halpern, I doubt he leaves. Knuble could stay as veteran depth for cheap too, he's no longer a 2nd line power forward. Wideman produces a lot of offense on that powerplay, but he's terrible defensively, he stays as a PP QB but won't see 20+ minutes in most games. I don't know much about Aucoin, but why would they let him go for nothing?

  4. thisgamewelose says:

    Washington could start building a new team if they decided to trade Ovi, not that I think they should, but they would sure gain a lot. 

  5. LeafsFTW17 says:

    I think they should trade him to the leafs hahaha

    We could have a Russian line of Ovechkin-Grigorgenko-Kulemin
  6. thisgamewelose says:

    LOL, I don't know. Putting Ovi on the second line would really piss him off. You'd have to trade lupul, which I guess works out because his trade value is real high right now.  

    Anyway, Semin could benefit with a change of scenery. He's definitely got skill, but I don't think he'll get back on track for Washington. 
  7. LeafsFTW17 says:

    oh of coarse. That's the first line lol

    There are quite a few teams that Semin would do well on, Washington isn't going to be one of them.
  8. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    Could see a line of semin grabovski kulimen doing quite well. Grabo being.. Well pretty much russian and having a strong work ethic could motivate semin also. Grabovski used to have bad attitude but he changed it around and could be a mentor for semin. 

  9. Steven_Leafs says:

    oh god, I hate Semin soooooo much (lol) but I can't deny that adding him for free from UFA would really do well for the Maple Leafs.

    Got to say once Semin leaves the Capitals I'll finally be a fan. Go Caps Go.

  10. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Maybe a 2 year deal and if it doesn't work out we dump him next year XD

  11. reinjosh says:
    I doubt he goes to the KHL. His agent has already said as much, which while it doesn't mean a lot, it means a little. He'll get his big money quite easily I would think. 
    He's easily the second best offensive player available in free agency, and he's still young. He has surreal skill and the ability to hit 30 goals pretty easy, especially if he's getting top line time on a team. 
  12. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Yes, Semin is very talented but no chance a team with Burke and Carlyle get Semin when they already have Kessel.  

    Offence isn't a problem for the Leafs, no need to go after a guy who is strictly and offensive player. I like him, I think he's extremely skilled but in no way do I want him on the Leafs.
    Besides, the two year deal for Connolly isn't looking too nice right now I doubt Burke signs another UFA for huge money at two years, unless it's something they really need.  They don't need anything that bad who they can acquire in UFA this year for 5+ mill other than Suter but that's going to take quite a bit more than 2 or 3 years.

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