Free Agency 2012 (7/1/12)
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07-03-2012, 02:28 AM
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Had the Kings not acquired Carter, Semin would have been an option. They're similar players in terms of being deadly shots who can put the net from anywhere inside the blueline, and both are considered enigmatic, with Carter being the far superior defensive player.
Semin is being criticized due to the severe drop in his offensive numbers, but look all across the Caps roster, that was a problem with everyone, including Ovechkin and Backstrom. I think any team that misses out on Parise would be wise to pick him up, whether it be Pittsburgh or Detroit. As a support player, he would work quite well with a playmaking center.
The Kings don't need Semin. Shane Doan has the sandpaper that Dean Lombardi and Darryl Sutter love. If they add any free agent, it should be Doan. He's as close to a Jarome Iginla you'll find right now and it would be great to have another battle tested vet who is hungry to win a Cup.
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