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Posted at 8:16 AM ET, 01/28/2011

Weigh in on Alexander Semin's contract extension

By Katie Carrera

The NHL All Star break can be a quiet time of the season for substantial news but the Capitals certainly sparked discussion in Washington and the hockey world by signing Alexander Semin to a one-year, $6.7 million contract extension.

After checking out analysis and opinions of the agreement from everyone from Ted Leonsis, LaVar and Dukes (audio), RMNB, Pierre LeBrun and so on, it's your turn to weigh in.

By Katie Carrera  | January 28, 2011; 8:16 AM ET
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Poll  
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I like this deal - back on October 31st I thought for sure the Caps wouldn't be able to trade or keep him because he was on a pace for 60 its like starting over another one year deal to get a more precise understanding of what this guy can do is good for the Caps. Semin let them off the hook by gambling that a full season and maybe a good playoff will help him in free agency next year.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | January 28, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

WTF does LaVar know about hockey? I bet Kornheiser knows more about it than he does since he used to cover various sports back in the day.

Posted by: joek443 | January 28, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

[X] Like it. Now they can trade him for a missing piece (or two).

0% = Odds of GMGM making this happen...

Posted by: drewsie | January 28, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

WTF does LaVar know about hockey?

Posted by: joek443

Absolutely nothing. He knows how to read his computer screen and what the producers are telling him to say. That is all.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | January 28, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Look for correctly aligned skates and wrist the puck along the ice onto them - preferably off a defenseman.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 28, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Like it. It is possible to win with players like Semin.

Posted by: GFisher1 | January 28, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm all about this signing. Once he's back and scoring, the Caps will be fine...although we would be even better with a 2C.

Caps are 12-0 when Sasha scores a goal this season btw. =)

Also, someone mentioned Kuzzy and Semin on a line. Toss in a legit 2C and WOW...sick top 2 lines.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 28, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

How about doing a poll on how fans feel about the Poti extension 4 months after the fact?

I talked to McPhee yeterday and he says that a healthy Tom Poti completes our defense.

I also noticed he had Joe Corvo favorited on his cell.


Posted by: tmac2yao | January 28, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I would still rather LaVar talk hockey than Tony K.

At least LaVar takes a genuine interest in the sport - even if he knows very little.

Posted by: CF11555 | January 28, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse


Kuznetsov was also selected to the KHL All-Star team. That shows he has been pretty productive over there. Another good sign for his future.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 28, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

1) Only could the Caps give a guy who hasn't scored in 2 months, disappears for weeks at a time and is hardly a playoff dynamo a RAISE!
2) Wake up folks, its Ground Hog Day. Same thing every year with this guy..Gets off to hot start, gets ice cold, then gets an injury that keeps him out weeks on end, followed by a less than stellar playoff
3) Now they are locked in with this "core" for yet another season. This is barely a playoff team now. Anyone with a wit of hockey/commonsense think they can beat any of the top 4 teams in the East in a best of 7?? I think they'd have trouble beating ANY team in a best of 7!

Posted by: jmol2112 | January 28, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Seems like the Caps have more fire power and talent elsewhere than on the current roster with the likes of Kuznetsov. Eakin has scored 3 goals and picked up 3 assists in his first 3 games with his new team in the WHL and Andrew Gordon popped in a goal and could have had a couple of more in his No. 1 Star effort to go with a couple of crushing body checks last night in Hershey.

Posted by: dull | January 28, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Next Year

Gives us a lot of skill on the front two lines. I think Fehr could be traded for someone with a little more net presence or just the ability to go to the net and collect the rebounds. Laich has proven that he is not that guy this year, I don't know whats going on with him, but he gets pushed around in front and can't do anything. I think the 3rd line is a solid shut down line with some offensive upside. Kuznetsov and semin could be a little too cute together. Of course this is all speculation, but with BB out theres some hope that the lineup would last more than 2 games.

Posted by: chatton | January 28, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I hope they can use this deal to trade him for some grit. This team needs to stop playing like a bunch of pansies. They need to force the play in the offensive zone and start laying the wood. The young bucks are the only ones grinding it out. We need some serious veteran hard-asses to come in here and toughen this team up for the playoffs or it's another 1 and done run!

Posted by: Toochilled | January 28, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse


My guess is that Eakin will begin the season in Hershey. If he excels, which many of us expect, I could see him coming up at some point during the season and if he plays well enough to stick he will.

With AGordon's age and his only decent play while up with the Caps, I'm starting to believe he will be with another team next year.

However, I do believe Beagle will be with the Caps full time next year as a 3rd or 4th line wing. It makes sense too considering he has been playing well and only has a cap hit of $512k.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 28, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Have people seen that with those players sent to the minors the Caps can acquire a player with about a $5M cap hit now.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 28, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Also, EJ Hradek wrote about players who might be traded, and here is part of what he said about Arnott:

"He can hammer the puck from the point, which could help a team looking to improve its power play."

That could help Caps. I would much rather have Fisher or Weiss or possibly other guys, but if the option is Arnott or nothing and the cost is only a 3rd or 4th round pick, I think the Caps should do it. This deal would be made at the deadline.

The main problem with Arnott's is that he is a righty. Just like Ovie, Semin and Green. IMO, the Caps really need a good left-handed shot to even out the PP to have a shooting threat on each side. Backstrom is a great passer but not a shooting threat(I really wish he was and thought he was getting there last year).

Posted by: sgm3 | January 28, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

We'll see if it pays off come playoff time

Posted by: pdo3 | January 28, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing how people seem to only remember Semin's bad playoff series and don't remember at all his good ones. He had 3 goals and 5 assists in the Philly series and 5 goals and 3 assists in the win against the Rangers. He is in the playoffs just as he is in the regular season. There are times where he is the best player on the team and there are times he is a negative impact on the team. If he is on like he was early in the season and in his first two playoff series where he had 8 goals and 8 assists in 14 games then he will take some pressure and focus off of the top line.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 28, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

What's up with giving props to Kornhole? That jerk hated the Caps - at least LaVar's a genuine fan.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | January 28, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse


If we handed Jeff Schultz to the Flyers and the league granted them the right to carry one extra player, would they even use him in any capacity?

If so, who would he replace?

Here's their roster for reference:

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 28, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

In fact, let's extend that hypothetical...

Hand the Flyers are entire defense corps. How many of our d-men would they use over their own?

Same exercise with forwards.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 28, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

*our (for the grammar nazis amongst us...)

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 28, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Lots of chatter about shea webber from nashville and not wanting to come back. I believe he is an RFA. What would it take to acquire him. 1st + shultz + eakin. He is someone i would overpay for.

Posted by: samb99 | January 28, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse


He would be someone I would definitely overpay for. Give up Eakin, Schulz, 2 1st round picks, Orlov, whatever.

However, there is no way Nashville deals him. He is only a RFA which means Nashville could match any deal(and they have the cap room to do so). In addition, Nashville is hoping to make a playoff run this year. They can only do that if they have Weber.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 28, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse


My understanding is that he does not want to sign in Nashville so they might have to do something.

Posted by: samb99 | January 28, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

My understanding is that he does not want to sign in Nashville so they might have to do something.

Posted by: samb99

If Weber really forces himself out of Nashville it will be a trade in the offseason(i.e the Phil Kessel trade). Nashville will tell every team that they will match any contract offerend to Weber, so he would have to be dealt.

But that won't happen until the offseason. The offseason gives every team a chance to bid for Weber and drive up the price.

It would be interesting to see where he would go if he gets dealt in the offseason.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 28, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Minus a major trade, it seems like the Caps braintrust is more concerned about next year than about the playoffs this year. All of the contenders in the East (Philly, Pittsburgh, NY, & TB) made significant upgrades to address weaknesses in the offseason or upgrade. The Caps have stood pat unless you consider trading Hannan an upgrade over Shaone Morrisson. There seems to be no real urgency to acquiring a top 2nd line center as Perrault has struggled mightily.

I like Mike Fisher of Ottawa and they may be looking to dump some salary as they fall further out of the race. He'd be nice addition to a 2nd line that would include Semin and Brooks Laich. This would allow MoJo to move back to centering the 3rd line with Fehr/Knuble and Chimera as I don't see him as permanent fixture on the first line as we need some net presence.

Posted by: wizfan89 | January 28, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

1) Semin would be an excellant player at 3 maybe 4 million, not almost 7!
2) The caps could probably add 2 quality players with that amount!
3) Yes, 17 players already locked in next season. This years team is next years team. Are they going anywhere this year?

Posted by: jmol2112 | January 28, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Where are you getting this "understanding" of yours? Certainly not from any reputable news source.

Posted by: GFisher1 | January 28, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Hand the Flyers are entire defense corps. How many of our d-men would they use over their own?

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 28, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Erskine, Carlzner, and maybe Green would be of interest to the Flyers. Speaking of which, just saw that they waived Matt Walker, who'd look pretty good in red if not for his inflated salary (think Erskine is overpaid? I think Walker is making close to 3m/per)

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 28, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@jmoll - >>excellent player at 3 or 4 million

even though I'm happy to have Semin signed, I have to agree. The salaries are skewed..Semin does create more interest than the average player, and therein may lie some of the justification.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | January 28, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Semin for 6.7 is a huge overpay!! also, long term contracts on this team should cease immediately. we have too many now and don't need anymore.

this team does not inspire ANY confidence that they truly want to be an elite team. i don't see any fire in most of the team right now. i hope there is a lot of thinking going on over the all-star break and that the team comes back ready to do everything needed to make a run. i am a Capitals fan and season ticket holder, but I just don't see it happening. it is just shocking that the team can play a game adhering to the way BB wants them to play and then come back the next game and go right back to playing individual, lazy hockey. i am sensing that this team is tuning FatBoy out. I am also shocked that BB tinkers and tinkers, but put some of the same lame lines out on the ice (especially during the PP). 8,19, 52 and 21 should NOT be on the ice for a PP at any time right now. OV should not play point.


Posted by: doughless | January 28, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@vermontCaps - don't know much about Matt Walker. Hopefully he's not a big lumbering type because what our D lacks is quickness. We get killed not by big forwards but by quick ones. (Or maybe all forwards, the jury is out on that one...)

@sgm3 - re: Weber. I wonder what it would take to get him...I would be a LOT more than Orlov, Eakin, and two number ones, I'm sure, but I'd make that trade twice if it were available. The problem for Weber is where can he go? Montreal? Ottowa? Who's got the cap space?

Posted by: RedLitYogi | January 28, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse


If Weber goes anywhere it will be in the offseason when teams can create cap space by making other deals or not re-signing certain players, etc.

I think every team would love to have Weber on their, but he would cost a ton. I have no idea what it would take but it would be more than what Atlanta got for Kovalchuk.

While Weber would be a good fit with any team, I think a team like Colorado could really be made into a top tier team with him. However, it would cost a lot to get him so who knows what they would lose.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 28, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Last year, most everyone was lamenting over the terrible PK and general lack of defense. Without bringing in any high-priced free agents or "major trades", look how well these areas have improved. #2 PK in the league and a much stingier D. Alzner and Carlson could prove to be a great pairing for many years, and Erskine has been playing his best hockey as a Cap. The team has made the adjustments that needed to be addressed. Now, there is a lack of point production "compared to past years" and many are in a frenzy. Aside from bringing in a temporary #2 center, the team looks good for the next few years. Johansson, in time, will most likely fill the role, but may be not quite there yet. If any trade is made, it seems it would be best for a move such as the one that brought in Fedorov. Experience and talent but in the later years,so much more affordable. Three years ago, it was easy and productive to alternate Feds and Backstrom on the top line and perhaps we could use a player such as Feds for a run this year. In the meantime, Johansson and others will continue to develop (a little work on face offs might help his cause). I still like this teams general make up and feel they will be able to compete for many more years.

Posted by: gonchpup | January 28, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Just got an email from the team about "unforgettable Caps experiences" by which I assume they meant watching the team actually score a goal.

Posted by: Bass1 | January 28, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Next Year

Next Year?



Scratches Bradley, BG, Pinizzotto

Posted by: wolvi6987 | January 28, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

If I can't have Sergei Fedorov, bring me Peter Forsberg.

Posted by: RuskiSi | January 28, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Okay, we've signed him. Now trade him for someone with a pair down there.

Posted by: McLobo | January 28, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Like Semin still one of the best skaters on the team now get rid of BB who has lost this team with his D style of boring hockey . I hate wTching his lame excuses during his post game interviews

Posted by: fs02 | January 28, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

If he ever gets his head out of his B**t he would be a good player, but 6.7M is a waste on him. GMGM should be fired. He will go back to Russia as soon as this contract is over.

Posted by: CB28031 | January 28, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope they have a clause in his contract that requires him to take UFC training. That will round out the little fellow.

Posted by: JunkGoal | January 28, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Undecided. It depends how he performs in the playoffs and how it affects their re-signings this summer.

I think $6.7 million is too much money for him (he's being paid for potential and not performance, and I don't think he's earned the $700K raise from last year)...but the flip side, he might have been able to get as much or more on the open market, and it's unlikely the Caps could replace him with someone much better.

In the end I guess it's good that he won't be walking away with zero return for the team this summer.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | January 28, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Lavar > Kornheiser big time.

Kornheiser is mainly a comedian and a good writer. Lavar knows football through and through. He takes an interest and respects other sports. Instead of making fun of other sports, he asks good questions and defers when he doesnt know something. This puts him miles above Kornheiser for his opinions.

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