Alexander Semin is one of those strange characters that has all the talent in the world, but not enough sense to be a success. Semin is a skilled finesse player at his best. At his worst he is invisible and gives up on plays too easily. When playing 50 games or more Semin has scored no less then 20 goals a season in his 7 year career all with the Caps. He scored 40 goals once and 30 goals twice. He has the credentials of a pure goal scorer. Then why the hold-up on a deal? Problem with Semin has always been he is not a team player. He also does not have a strong backbone which is why when he’s not scoring he basically quits. He has absolutely no resiliency which is why he goes into prolonged slumps.
Even with that being said he is certainly worth a look for teams looking for a little scoring punch. He’ll get his every season. His season high in points came just a few years ago in 2009-10 when he posted 84 points in 73 games. His stat line for that season was 44/40/84. There is no doubt in my mind that he can do that again as I said before he has the talent. The problem for him is the environment. He’s the type of player that can take his own head out of the game. You have to push Semin just right to get the most out of him. He has to be completely comfortable with the team he signs with which is most likely why it is taking so long for a deal to get done.
He most likely will sign with the Pens if their offering good money and the years fit his plan. Why wouldn’t he want to play with the premier Russian player in the league? The Pens have the money to do it too. According to capgeek.com they have $10 million plus dollars in salary cap space. More then enough to pay him the kind of money he wants. Last season Semin’s one year deal with the Caps was worth $6.7 million worth of cap space. That number will drop for sure as although he is talented when it comes down to what have you done for me lately he has not done much. Last season was a roller coaster of a year for Alex. He was wildly inconsistent and ended up with his 3rd lowest point total in his 7 years in the league. He went from scoring 40 goals in 2009-10 to scoring 28 goals in 2010-11 to scoring just 21 goals last season. Any GM in league would recognize that as a downward spiral. Alex’s situation is unique though because of his age. He just 28 years old so he could easily bounce back to 30 goal or possibly 40 goal form if he can just get his head right. The contract will tell you everything you need to know about how committed he is to bouncing back. If he signs another one year deal I don’t think that’s a good sign that he is ready to commit to a team.
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