Pens coach talks up Alex Semin

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After failing to sign Zach Parise, the Pittsburgh Penguins have turned their attentions to a couple of other high-profile free agents to fill a top-six role on the wing.

The first, Shane Doan, is no surprise considering every other team in the league seems to be interested in bringing the rugged veteran aboard.

The second, Alex Semin, is more interesting given the opinions many hold about the 28-year-old Russian.

Pens coach Dan Bylsma has his own opinion.

“Alexander Semin has scored 40 goals in this league and is a dangerous player,” Bylsma said today, as per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A report out of Russia has Semin on the verge of signing a one-year deal with the Penguins.

Suffice to say, for a player looking to get his career back on track, skating with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin is a pretty good way to do it.

Related: The search for the elusive Crosby winger continues