There's a ton of room under the Cap to improve on Semin.
This could be a huge blessing for the organization. Get Ovie away from Semin without it looking like it was your decision.
Yes as much as I'd like Sasha back on the Caps, the fact he isn't signed long term is a very good thing for the Caps. OV and Nicky signed to big term contracts is enough. Moves on the offensive side of the roster should be geared to complinenting those 2 players and those 2 only.
Yeah I know I'm leading with my chin on this one, but I'm kind of getting tired of Russian hockey players. It seems like its been a common theme with them of late "me first, team second if at all". I know I shouldn't paint them all with such a broad brush but let's just look at some of them over these last few weeks.
- Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn, Nashville Predators. Breaking team rules during the playoffs. No excuse.
- Kuznetsov: I have no problem that you want to stay home but the crap/comment about well if you make a mistake you get sat was weak.
- Semin has always been our glass menagerie, so fragile both in mind and in spirit. The only regret is that we don't resign him so that we could trade him to the Ducks for Bobby Ryan.
At this juncture I'd be happy to see the likes of Ovie, Semin, MAJO and even Orlov and Kuznetsov get shipped out to Annaheim and BB and the Caps in return get the likes of Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan, Fowler and Beauchemin
I don't even remotely agree with you. Plenty of guys making more than that who have less talent and who've done less with it.
Is there a center/wing combination out there that can be added for Sasha's salary slot that would be worth a damn on the 2nd line? Would be nice to add 2 players for Sasha's salary and use additional cap room on adding defense to compliment Alzner/Carlson.
Holtby was just asked on 980 if he expected to spending any more time in Hershey next season and the poor kid did his best to avoid giving an answer. He did say he had a place in DC now, but he isn't getting comfortable just yet.
I don't disagree with you, but who could handle Sasha the way he should be handled?
It doesn't matter IMO if Semin is good or bad or whatever. If they're losing him for nothing, that's on GM. Giving a player a 1 year deal for him to get to UFA was ********. If you can't make up your mind on or convince a valuable player to that extent, you HAVE to trade him.
It's all about "whaaaaa, but we need player X for another playoff run, nothing else matters!". Shortsighted bullcrap.
Semin's ice time under hunter was yeah bad so is a bit skewed. I remember Bruce having Semin PK the first couple of months a couple of seasons ago and thought he looked great. Thought it also improved is even str play also so never understand why they went away from this. I know BB's reasoning was to be able to throw out the top offensive players after a PK but this breaks down when it comes to Hunter's force line matching no matter what.
Keyboard GM-wise yeah probably would lean to re-signing Semin. But likely reality it is just time for a change of scenery and I could see him thriving under a different team. Detroit always comes to mind. No free agent replacement barring Parise but they'll be a bunch of teams (along with Suter) jacking up the price.
Would be nice to re-tool this off seasons and get a little more speed in the lineup. Knuble's replacement would be one and even Halpern's. Ward is here to stay and still think he would have a better regular season if his other line mates were quicker. Still not sure why he didn't show much of the board/puck possession will he had in the playoffs versus the regular season.
Why would he sign anywhere else? If you say $, Minnesota has plenty of capspace.
For a number of reasons. He might want a bigger city or more competitive team than there is in Minnesota. He might want more money than New Jersey is willing to give him. He might have other non-hockey concerns that lead him to sign somewhere else. Who knows?
The point is, unless there's some kind of legitimate sourcing for that speculation, it's not 'looking like' he'll sign anywhere in particular. Everything is just pure speculation right now.