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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 07/20/2011

George McPhee: ‘We like Semin because he can score goals’

On the final day of Capitals development camp Saturday, General Manager George McPhee said he would be happy to enter the upcoming 2011-12 season with the roster he has assembled up to this point.

McPhee also said he didn’t “anticipate anything else happening”. While that doesn’t rule out the possibility of a can’t-pass-up-deal (see the signing of Tomas Vokoun), McPhee went so far as to say he doesn’t plan to trade Alexander Semin, often the subject of trade rumors, to’s E.J. Hradek.

“We like Semin because he can score goals,” McPhee said Monday, squashing the latest round of Semin trade tales. “Those guys aren’t easy to find.”
“We’ve made our moves,” he continued. “I don’t anticipate us making any other changes. If I go into the season with this group, I’m fine with that.”
Now, if someone called with a knock-your-skates-off proposition involving Semin, I’m pretty sure McPhee would listen. Why wouldn’t he? And somewhere down the road, he might change his mind. But for now, McPhee again sounded very convincing. Or at least as convincing as he has been the several other times that I’ve asked him the same question. To date, he has been true to his word.

Check out the full story here, which includes McPhee’s higher expectations for Semin and the rest of the not-so-young guns Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.

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