Alex Semin isn’t the only NHLer who’s been accused of wasting his God-given talent.
Two others — Phil Kessel and Zack Kassian — were traded yesterday. The latter vowed today to figure out in Montreal.
But Semin remains unsigned. Earlier this week, he was bought out by the Hurricanes, whose GM proceeded to say of the 31-year-old winger: “He did not have that high compete level, for whatever reason.”
He didn’t score many goals either. Just six of them in 57 games last season, while seeing his ice time fall to an average of 15:55, the lowest since his rookie campaign over a decade ago.
In 2009-10, Semin scored 40 goals for the Capitals. He has 238 tallies in 638 career NHL games.
Hence, his agent’s claim that there was immediate interest in his client.
For a cheap, short-term prove-it deal, signing Semin has the potential to pay off.
Maybe he joins a contending team, unlike Carolina, and rediscovers his enthusiasm.
Maybe he has a little more puck luck. His shooting percentage dipped to 6.5 percent last season, whereas his career rate is almost double that (12.8).
Maybe he’s a complete bust and at least he was cheap.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are still looking for a winger. Imagine Semin and Phil Kessel on the same team with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?
The Florida Panthers could use a scoring winger, though there may be a concern about Semin’s attitude around all those talented young players.
The Devils need to score more.
Any other teams come to mind?