What Does The Future Hold For Alexander Semin?

By Michelle Drinnenberg

Mike Green re-signs with the Washington Capitals for three more years at $18.25 million; Alexander Semin still remains team-less.

I don’t get it.

I would rather have had GM George McPhee put the crisp dollars he stacked in a neat pile and graciously gave to Mike Green and, instead, hand it over to star-forward Alexander Semin.

After all, I bet everyone would agree with me that Semin is worth the contract that was given to Green and that Semin should’ve been more of the priority if money was going to be spewed out in such a manner.

You can’t help but wonder that by now another team, who wanted and could afford him, would have already signed Semin. That has yet to become the case. One may think that captain Shane Doan on the Phoenix Coyotes has something to do with it; being one of the big-namers left in free agency. Hopefully by then, or sooner, Semin will have a permanent place that he can call home.

The consensus of most Caps fans is that though Semin doesn’t always play up to his full potential, they would love to have him in their line up where he would contribute to more depth on offense. When Semin wants to be, he can be one of the best players in the league. He usually doesn’t give it his all and that is the problem most people have with him. I love the guy, but I’m used to his shortcomings which is unfortunate. It is almost a month into free agency and hope still remains of Semin staying a Capital. Usually, the players in high-demand generally get swooped up the first week of free agency and Semin didn’t make that list that includes star players such as: Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Jordin TooToo, Jarmomir Jagr, and Olli Jokinen.

As the countdown to preseason continues, you can’t overlook the fact that Semin has a knack for setting-up players and the potential he has if he can manage to work on his lackadaisical work ethic.

People can change, right?

Post coaching changes, you can’t help but think that things can change. In no way am I remotely trying to make a comparison between Semin and Adam Oates, but Oates is known for being one of the best assist man ever  in the league. Maybe, just maybe, Semin can flourish under a coach who shared similar characteristics that he had in his NHL career.

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