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02-27-2013, 09:54 AM
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Stephen Whyno @SWhyno 12h
Holtby on Semin: "If he decides to play, he could be the best player in the world."


This has been the contention of a number of his former teammates (Bradley, Steckel, Brouwer and now even Holtby). I think the best thing for Semin was for him to leave the Caps and Ovie. Having other Russians (primarily Ovechkin) on the team kind of sheltered Semin and perhaps served as enabling him. Taking him out of that comfortable environment, should make him stronger, hey he has no where to retreat to or behind someone now. It also was probably a blow to his ego that the Caps were not that interested in resigning him.

No one has ever questioned his talent, his desire has been the issue.
Watch him go to Detroit next year for a lesser contract and then everyone will say how Detroit changed him and he is great again.

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