I wasn't following hockey back then, but wow...suspicions confirmed.
I can't take Verbeek at his word since he's the asshat that got into a fist fight in a Buffalo bar with a 19 year old Chris Pronger in tow. That team had some issues beyond McGuire's complete incompetence.
We need to make a hard run at Semin now. With everyone else (seemingly) entagled in the Parise sweepstakes, if we put an attractive offer in front of him (say 4 yrs @ $7), we might well get him to sign on the dotted line.
AFTER Parise signs I think the Semin stakes will heat up quite a bit.