If the offers coming back to Washington don't measurabley improve the team then I say we keep Semin. At least until the trade deadline in 2010.
That's the wrong time to trade him. Buyers aren't going to give us anything that will help soon, they'll be dealing futures. Futures don't help a team going for the Cup.
If Semin has to be dealt "soon" (meaning he clearly can't be signed and fit into our cap situation) then deal him in the offseason and get the lineup set. If he's with the Caps at the deadline then keep him on the team, he's a better playoff asset than any deadline return would be.
Precisely. This is what I have been saying. This is why I started the thread. Unfortunately, my efforts to head off Alex28 hijacking it failed, even though I mentioned him by name in the OP.
yea man, i get what you are saying. on the surface it doesn't look like a good idea by Washington to move him, but if trading him can upgrade us in multiple areas (mainly: secondary scoring, PK, and defense) then i think it is something GMGM has to look in to. not sure if he will though. hell, the Caps have needed a big tough d-man for 11 years and we haven't seen one who can actually skate on the blueline in DC. very, very frustrating.