If we sign Semin, than this is the team we are going into the next 5~ years with. It means, unless the cap goes way up or a trade, we won't be able to upgrade our defense. The only change would be (most likely) be Murphy for Corvo and a random Checker (our AHL affiliate) for Sanguinetti.
That said, Semin has been great. Great passer, great 2 way play. He had a 3 point night tonight, but his two way play was much more impressive. Him, Staal and Slutty are look very good together.
July 1st isn't getting anywhere closer, whether we resign Semin now or in 2 months.
Here's the thing, Semin could easily have twice as many points, if not for all the posts he's been hitting.
If I were Rutherford, I would absolutely extend Semin. He makes everyone around him (Eric Staal and Tlusty most notably) so much better, and his play in the defensive zone has been a pleasant surprise.
The only issues are timing and budget, since Rutherford's main priority *should be* upgrading our so-called defense.
As a Canes fan I want him signed. We've waited years to have a skilled,talented winger for Staal and we finally got him. He and Eric are showing great chemistry and as they showed tonight can be very dangerous.
Seems to be playing well enough so far, what's your opinion? Is he worth his contract? Would you extend him if you were Canes GM?
Always liked him as a player and never thought of him as a problem. Saying that i dont like one year contracts. He is UFA so the Canes could try to extend him but Im sure hes going the free agency route. I dont see him back in Carolina at all. THe NYI and several other young teams with low cap numbers will throw a multi year deal for about 6 million per
I'm quiet glad the Pens didn't snag him this off season after all of those rumors that pretty much had him as signed.
Pens fans at the time were so against it, but now they must be pretty jealous. Can you imagine him alongside Malkin and Neal! Or better yet, since that line needs a good board player, slot Kunitz back to Malkins line and play Semin with Crosby...wow that would be scary...