Alexander Semin: After a Great Start to the Season, What Does the Future Hold?

November 4th, 2010 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
With the Capitals down 4-3 late in Wednesday night's game against the Maple Leafs, Alexander Ovechkin wired a one-timed slap shot toward the Maple Leafs net.  After the puck careened off goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to the side of the net, Ovechkin's countryman Alexander Semin deftly corralled the puck and flipped it over the fallen Toronto netminder to tie the game.  

Then, in the shootout, with the chance to clinch a win over Toronto with a goal, the Capitals called upon Semin.  The Russian sniper calmly skated in and fired a slap shot that handcuffed Gustavsson and sent the Verizon Center into a frenzy.  

It's games like this one that have cemented Semin's status among the league's best offensive threats, and even make people wonder whether Alexander Ovechkin is the most dangerous goal scorer on the Capitals.  

While Semin's regular season performances have been breathtaking on a regular basis (he ranked in the top five in goals per game in each of the past two seasons), his playoff resume and rich contract desires make his return to Washington for 2011-12 seem questionable at best.  

According to CapGe ...

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