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07-06-2012, 05:45 PM
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So it seems Semin has motivation issues, and isn't the best locker room guy. There's ways to get around that.

First, money motivates everyone. You offer him a short deal with a lot of money, 1-2 years $5m+ like Amateur Hour said. You tell him he's gonna play with one of the best playmakers, and PP specialists in the league, and he sees more $$$ at the end of his deal. The shorter term gives him less total money, keeping him from getting complacent, and allowing him to still be a relatively young FA when it's through.

Next, locker room problems don't exist when teams are winning. Players don't mope when they're on the top line scoring 40 goals next to Giroux, making $5m+ a year, and a short time away from cashing in on an even bigger contract.

EDIT: Also, here's Semin's goal stats, his on pace total for 82 games is in ()

06: 38 (40)

07: 26 (34)

08: 34 (45)

09: 40 (45)

10: 28 (35)

11: 21 (22)

So there may be decline there, or it may be time for him to switch teams. Either way, on a short term deal you aren't going to get hurt. You're also getting a guy that has scored 40, and paced for it several other times over the course of most of the season. He has the talent to flirt with 50 next to Giroux, if his skills haven't diminished.

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