Update, 5:11 p.m.: According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Capitals have not made an offer to Semin.
Original post: Nearly three weeks after NHL free agency opened, winger Alexander Semin remains unsigned, without a team to call home for the 2012-13 season.
There’s been plenty of speculation around the league as to why Semin has yet to land somewhere. Hesitation because of his negative reputation and oft-questioned work ethic? Is he seeking too much salary and/or term for unfamiliar teams to be comfortable with? Honestly, it’s probably a combination of those factors.
On Thursday, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov tweeted a comment by Mark Gandler, Semin’s agent who lashed out at the Capitals when the season ended, that suggested the Russian winger could return to Washington. Via Chesnokov, Gandler told Sovetsky Sport,“Washington is constantly offering us to come back.”
When asked last weekend if there was any chance Semin might re-sign with the Capitals, General Manager George McPhee was intentionally vague but wouldn’t rule out the possibility.
“I’ve never really [publicly] discussed that sort of thing – whether we’re going to sign someone or not or where we are in negotiations. I’d rather not start now,” McPhee said. “I know it’s not a great answer for you guys, but I’ll just stay neutral.”
As things stand now, the Capitals have roughly $10.5 million in space under the salary cap, which is subject to change pending the NHL labor negotiations. John Carlson is the team’s only RFA left to sign.
So, do you want Semin to re-sign with the Capitals or do you think it’s time for both the player and team to move on? If you want Semin to return, would you prefer another one-year deal or a long term commitment?