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07-10-2012, 08:09 AM
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I would be perfectly fine with a 1 year deal for Semin at this point. We have plenty of cap space, and if we play our cards right can make a run at some of the big fish next summer. IMO, that - along with preserving our young players, for once - should be the target at this point.

Just because we went bust on big name free agents this year doesn't mean that trading away Voracek, one or more Schenns, Couturier, Laughton, etc., to get a Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan is the right reaction. (And I don't think Doan intends to go anywhere near the Atlantic).

We still could use a winger to put next to Giroux, and Semin is the best fit of the remaining players. Give him a year in the $6-6.5M range and see what happens (he'd have to at least think about that deal - it's not like the Semin market has been tepid so far). We can afford both Semin and Voracek quite comfortably. Worst case, you flip him at the deadline for some pucks.

Of course, if Homer thinks that Anaheim eventually settles for less on Bobby Ryan, we would all prefer that. But who knows what's going on there.

Lastly, if we don't sign Semin, there's a good chance that Pittsburgh does. Hate to say it, but Semin would be a great fit next to Crosby or Malkin. Kill two birds with one stone and bring him to Philly.

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