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NHL Trade Rumors: Is Trading Alexander Semin a Fix for the Capitals?
Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:17 PM
The Washington Capitals are now almost a month removed from their fourth consecutive disappointingly early playoff exit, and the time has come to look to the future.
General Manager George McPhee has a host of difficult personnel decisions to make in the coming weeks and months, but none may be more complicated than choosing what to do with enigmatic sniper Alexander Semin.
For the better part of the last five seasons, Semin has been one of the most electrifying goal scorers in the game when he's been healthy and engaged. Otherwise, Semin is a liability for the Capitals, committing countless costly turnovers and being whistled for unnecessary penalties during critical parts of the game.
However, Semin's talent and skill is undeniable, and a player of his caliber is hard to replace, even on an offensively stacked team like the Capitals.
The question McPhee needs to ask himself is: Does he believe the Capitals are better off without the sublimely gifted Semin?
I believe there is some merit to trading Semin, for a couple of reasons.
First of all, the way Washington's salary cap situation stands now, they have roughly $8.5 million in cap space, but have yet to sign regulars from last season's team like Brooks Laich, Karl Alzner, Scott Hannan, Semyon Varlamov, Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon, Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:11 PM
(I would not shed one tear for him leaving) He's not very nice to the fans (unless you speak russian)
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