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07-05-2012, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by BobbyClarkeFan16 View Post
And what you're also forgetting was at the time Gandler made the comments, Semin was getting 13 to 15 minutes of ice time per night. I don't have a problem with what Gandler said about playing Semin in an offensive role because that's where his strengths lie.

The way Semin was used in Washington by Dale Hunter would be like Claude Giroux being used as a third line shut down center. It would be a complete waste of what Claude brings to the table. Semin can do more than what he was given, yet Hunter wouldn't allow it.

And as for Semin being a poor defensive player, he was only one of three forwards that was a + in Washington. I know people don't like using +/- as a stat, but being only one of three forwards to be a + player indicates that his defensive game is much better than what people are making it out to be.

You're quite right about his agent though. Mark Gandler makes Bonnie Lindros seem very tame in comparison.
I think you know my feelings about Dale Hunter (for some reason, I don't think I've hidden them well ), but I have to wonder what precipitated Dale's treatment of Semin. The last thing Dale has done historically is clip the wings of his offensive stars.

What he has done is demand (and generally gets) a complete buy in to the team concept by every player - from the superstar to the 13th forward and 7th defenseman - or else that player finds himself watching more of the game than playing it.

I don't know what happened in Washington, but I have to wonder if there were attitude issues from Semin and/or his agent. It's not like Dale to throw an offensive wiz in a defense only role.

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