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05-14-2012, 11:11 AM
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Chukcha
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hey people blaming Syomin (that's right spelling! "Semin" sounds like "Semen Varlamov" instead of "Semyon Varlamov") for laziness and lack of defensive effort, have you watched this PO? I have a feeling the most of blaming people just follow a stereotypical trend which means "a lazy soft russian taking stupid penalties, floating near offensive blueline, avoiding contacts and disappearing in PO". Nobody all around the league has changed his play like Semin has. Just look at his stats: he is among the best by takeaways though he has had much less ice time than defs or grinders! His defensive effort and two-way playing was impeccable.

His biggest problem is GMGM who can't solve an eternal 2C problem wasting cap space for a garbage and so forcing Semin to play with grinders and recent AHLers like Margaret Johansson. Well, let him go to the pens this summer and watch a 50+ scorer playing with an adequate center next season.

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