End of the line for Semin Capitals set to part ways with skilled sniper

There is no way of knowing what’s inside Alex Semin as this monumental night of his professional career approaches.

But in many ways, this is an historic confrontation for the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers and a probable farewell for one of hockey’s most confusing and confounding players.

The Capitals were built around a supposed fabulous four, Alexander Ovechkin, Semin, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom, and this will season will end the run of that group, no matter what happens Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Game 7 may be an entrance on to a new stage or the last game Semin plays for the Caps.

Maybe the last game he plays in the NHL.

His contract is up at the end of June and Washington won’t re-sign him. Others around the NHL, wondering whether the 28-year-old forward is worth the bother or the money, will debate what to do with him. No doubt, the Kontinental Hockey League in his homeland will come calling, overrating and overpricing his considerable talent.

There is no fabulous four anymore with a Capitals team that is less about stars than ever before. As Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke likes to say, the Caps are now built from the back end out.

Semin has just one point in the Eastern Conference semifinal, and his play, under the Dale Hunter earn-your-ice philosophy, has been limited. Ovechkin plays primarily when the Caps are behind or when he’s very enthusiastic in tie games or with a lead. Green has never really recovered from the injuries that set him back and his gambling game has been blown up by coach Hunter. Only Backstrom, flashing the brilliance of old — which is funny to say for a 24-year-old — still performs to all expectations.


One Response to End of the line for Semin Capitals set to part ways with skilled sniper

  1. Steven_Leafs says:

    I wonder if the Canucks should take a chance on him. I do not like Semin at all personally, I kind of hope he does return to the KHL but he could be a useful weapon to Vancouver who desperately needs another option for their top line.

    Burrows – Sedin – Sedin
    Booth – Kesler – Raymond

    just doesn't seem like a huge top 6 to me, Raymond and Booth right now are 2nd/3rd liners and Burrows is a good 2nd liner that can play on the first line if needed which means when one of more of them have one or more off games they just do not have the offensive production to win (as we saw in the VAN/LA series, losing Sedin destroyed this team).

    I think Vancouver should take a risk and trade for Semin's rights.

    To VAN:

    conditional 2013 1st (if Semin doesn't re-sign with Vancouver)

    To WSH:

    26th overall pick
    2013 4th round pick

    The trade works great for Washington even if Semin doesn't re-sign since Washington's 2013 1st will likely be 22nd to 30th overall and getting another 1st in this draft can really work out great for the Caps in the long run (or even offered up to trade up in the draft).

    Vancouver may be paying too much for Semin (even assuming they will re-sign him) but I feel they should be a little bold and try to pick him up. Maybe add a conditional 2013 2nd going Vancouver's way if Semin doesn't re-sign to even out the deal if needed.

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