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02-06-2013, 05:16 PM
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You're right, we shouldn't hope JR spends too much on Semin, and somehow manages to opt back towards mediocrity.
It's not about mediocrity, it's about opportunity cost.

If we resign Semin, and that precludes us from getting Marc Staal, is that a fair trade off? Such a think has happened, for example, with Boston. Boston let Joe Thornton go, but used his cap space to sign Zdeno Chara some time later.

On the other hand, if we let Semin go and don't reinvest the money he left on the table at all, then that is obviously a huge blow. We saw this with the 'Canes and Erik Cole, where the money he left wasn't properly reinvested, and we lost his money.

We need to consider who will be available, whether UFA or trade, and if a hypothetical Semin signing would preclude us from that.

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