Originally written on On Frozen Blog  |  Last updated 11/14/14

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 11: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals brings the puck down the ice against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center on November 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
“Who’s putting the puck in the net?” in D.C. next season, Greg Wyshynski wonders, while digesting the news of Alexander Semin signing with Carolina. I wonder too. Let us hope that the captain shows up in shape this fall. Or: Let us hope there’s prolonged labor strife. It’s one thing to jettison Semin as at last intolerably inconsistent, maddeningly mercurial, and simply not worth the big dough. The room perhaps will be improved by his no longer being there, even. But it’s quite another to wave goodbye to the gamebreaker (and yes, he is one) and make no attempt whatsoever at replacing his production. Semin was no savior for the underwhelming power play of recent seasons, but his skill was such that he did keep PK units honest. How much sleep do you imagine the rest of the East is losing this summer imagining a Capitals PP next season minus Dennis Wideman and Alexander Semin? Your offseason acquisitions to date by the GM: Joey Crabb ($950,000) Jack Hillen ($650,000) Wojtek ...
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