Originally posted on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 7/12/12

 

So we lost out on the guy that was supposed to rejuvenate a defensive corps that lost its best player, and one of the best defenseman to ever play the game. Ryan Suter didn't happen. And what is our defense going to do? I have Brendan Smith doing everything next year, so I'm not worried, but what we still haven't fixed is that forward sniper position. And no, I'm not being mean to Mikael Samuelsson (is that how it's spelled? Huh...) by saying we still need a sniper. Either that or find a way to make Franzen play every game like it's a playoff game against the 2008 Colorado Avalanches. 

So it appears the two best forward sniper roles at this point are Rick Nash, who is trade-able if you give him either the farm or one of the Filppulas (oh yeah, you forgot we had 2, didn't you?) and Aleksander Semin.

 

Semin is on his way out of the Capitals, and though that leaves a sour taste in the mouth of many a Washington fan, I think he can be a great pickup for us and bring with him a huge workload in terms of goal production that we so lasciviously desire. But there's always the “what do we give up” question. Well, I think we covered what we may give up with the Nash deal in Chris's post yesterday.

I'd like to now know, in a fashion similar to TPL's “How Much Is Too Much” quest for offering Ryan Suter US minted dollars for playing here, “How Much Is Too Much” for Alex Semin? Keep in mind, the fact that you can't say his name out loud near your grandparents without looking away from them suddenly will NOT impact the terms and agreements of his contract.

For frame of reference, here are his stats:

GP    G     A     Pts    +/-    PIM

469  197  211  408   65    450

 

His cap hit in 2011-12, according to CapGeek, was an absurd 6.7 million greenbacks. That's a lot of clams for a guy who has better disappearing acts than most of his neighboring US politicians' campaigning referendums come playoff time. I know his leaving Washington sends the message that he will NOT play for less, but let us consider the cap, or the ceiling, whatever you want to call it, and the fact that we only get so many chances to “upgrade” our weaponry this season, and in this era.

So I ask you again, what will you pay for him?

I'll start the bidding. Parise (in US dollars) – Mikael Samuelsson (in US dollars) = A weirdly tolerable, “not as bad as I thought”, balanced, fair, warm load of money for Semin. And if you suck at math, that's 7.5 – 3 = 4. Is that lowballing? I think his Olympic performance in 2010 will agree with me (and just that easy, I just won back all my Canadian readers! Welcome back, eh!), even though that's one of Semin's more assertive plays and he's not wholly to blame for that penalty, it was a horrible, embarrassing effort on his part throughout. So, given the fact I'm clearly lowballing him, anyone else have any logical bids?

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