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02-12-2013, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by WhiskeySeven View Post
Say what you want, Semin has his warts. He was bad in several playoffs for the Caps and no one knew if he'd perform outside of Washington's uber-alles-offense. Yes he's worth the risk in hindsight but he's also playing with two pretty damn good centres, he wouldn't have the same success here if he was next to a rookie, a midget who can't keep the puck or an overworked, exhausted Plekanec.

The second article I link to refutes most of the warts, such as Semin the bad playoff performer which you bring up.

He's a great player, solid defensive ability as well as one of the top-10 snipers in the game, he actually would have been ideal for the Plekanec line and that's where the non-tanker part of me wanted him penciled in the summer. He's got the three-zone skill to play on a shutdown line like Plekanec, and as one of the best shooters in the game he would mesh well with Plekanec's passing.

Maybe Therrien would have played him for 7 minutes a game on the 4th line with Eller and Armstrong and then he wouldn't be performing well, you make a valid point.

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